Has your cat seen the doctor this year? If not, now is the perfect time to schedule. National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is on August 22nd. Annual examinations are just as important for cats as they are for dogs. At your cat’s check-up, they will receive a full nose-to-tail examination to evaluate their health and get caught up on their vaccines.
Even if your cat appears to be in good health, annual veterinary exams are still of great value to the long-term health of your feline friend. Cats have mastered the art of hiding signs of illness and pain, so what may seem like simply “slowing down”, “just getting older”, or “laying around more” could be signs of changes in health. A visit to the doctor can help determine if these are red flags that need further investigation. Just like with us, early detection of health changes may lead to an easier road to recovery and prevent progression of disease.
Having a yearly examination is important for cats of all ages and lifestyles, including indoor-only cats. A cat does not have to go outside to be at risk of exposure to heartworms, fleas and ticks, or intestinal parasites. Fleas can hitch a ride on our clothing to get into our houses, mosquitoes can fly in through an open door, outdoor pets can bring fleas and ticks inside when they come in, and cats can get intestinal parasites by hunting pests like mice and flies. Cats can even get intestinal parasites from getting into potting soil if you have potted plants. Health problems such as arthritis, kidney disease, and dental disease can develop in cats regardless of whether they go outside or stay indoors.
At your cat’s appointment, we will work with you to develop a plan to help your cat live a happy, healthy life. The doctor may recommend health screenings such as blood work, a fecal exam, or a urine test to get a better picture of your cat’s health. We can discuss options for keeping your cat healthy at home, such as parasite prevention, diet, and enrichment. Our Fear Free certified team members will be happy to discuss options for keeping your cat stress-free during their visit with us. Call us any time and we will gladly make an appointment for you to bring in your feline companions!