Are You Neglecting Your Cat’s Preventive Medical Care? Top 3 Reasons Why Your Cat Needs Regular Vet Check-ups

October 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Mudrick

When is the last time you took your cat to the vet? Come on. Think about it.

For many of us, the answer is years.

We’re responsible cat owners, but so often we just don’t feel it’s necessary to bring our fuzzy companion in for a check-up on a regular basis.

Why?

  • We think cats are self-sufficient
  • We don’t know the health facts
  • We can’t see our cat is sick (because cats are masters at hiding signs of illness)
  • We hate getting the cat into the carrier and sitting through yowling in the car
  • We think our indoor cat isn’t at risk for any health issues

Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation has spread about cats and their needs. We have found that so many cat owners simply do not bring their cat in for regular check-ups … before it is apparent that anything is wrong.

We are working hard to correct this misconception. Cats need regular preventive care, just like humans and dogs. Cats are also notorious for hiding their symptoms, which makes it even more critical for a vet to examine them and check for signs of illness.

Here are the top 3 reasons why you need to bring your cat to the vet for regular preventive care and check-ups:

1. Vaccines

It doesn’t matter if your cat is indoor or outdoor, they can still be exposed to serious diseases. Certain feline diseases, such as Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR), are airborne, meaning that even sheltered indoor cats are susceptible.

Bring your cats to the vet for preventive vaccines to protect them, keeping them healthy and happy.

2. Hidden Medical Conditions

As we mentioned above, cats are experts at masking their symptoms. If their illness has gotten to the point where you are noticing it, it’s probably quite serious.

Regular vet check-ups allow us to reveal those hidden medical conditions before they becoming emergencies.

Here are just some of the conditions that cats will hide from you:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Poor kidney function
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Dental issues
  • Heart issues
  • And many more

With annual vet visits, we can perform diagnostic testing, assess any changes you’ve noticed in your cat’s behaviour (even small changes may signal big problems), and administer preventive care.

For example, dental problems are quite common with both cats and dogs. Your cat may be suffering from lesions, tooth rot, infection, or a variety of other conditions. These are painful for your cat and can lead to even bigger problems down the road. With preventive dental care and a vet to look at your cat’s mouth before it gets too bad, your cat will stay pain-free and healthy.

Please understand: sometimes your cat will hide potentially fatal conditions from you. It’s important that we find it before it’s too late.

3. Parasite Prevention

Yes, even indoor cats are at risk for parasites. Fleas, for example, can get in riding on a visitor’s jacket, then jump onto your feline friend.

Outdoor cats are at an even greater risk, as they are more likely to be exposed to all the different parasites in the great wide open.

Either way, a check-up is a great time to set up a parasite prevention plan or check the effectiveness of your current plan. Your veterinarian will make recommendations about the best way to both prevent and control these pests.

Annual Check-ups Are Essential for Cats

With annual appointments, you will avoid health emergencies that are not only costly, but negatively impact the quality of your cat’s life.

It doesn’t matter how old your cat is, whether they’re outdoor or indoor, or what breed they are; they can’t tell us when something’s wrong so we need to check-up on them regularly!

Check-ups are essential for helping your cats live long, happy, health lives. Don’t neglect their care because of misconceptions about what cats need!

>> Make an appointment for your furry feline friend today!

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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