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Vet Check Up - Why It Is Important To Have Yearly Vet Check Ups

cat vetOften we associate a trip to the vet as something only required when your cat becomes unwell, however, is also important to remember that visiting your cat on an annual basis is equally important for your cat's well-being and longevity.

There is much debate over the necessity of annual booster shots. Some veterinarians still recommend it, some don't believe it is necessary to vaccinate that often. Owners who choose to vaccinate less frequently may forget the importance of still taking their cat to the vet once a year.

During your visit, your veterinarian will look at and discuss:

  • Dental examination
  • Weight
  • Skin and coat, general condition and lumps and bumps
  • Ears and eyes
  • Parasite control
  • Heart
  • Musculoskeletal exam

Your veterinarian will ask if you have any questions, this is a good time to discuss any concerns you have or ask questions on health, diet, parasite control and general cat care.

Senior cats:

Cats 7 years and older require a veterinary examination at least once a year, twice a year is even better. With regular visits to the veterinarian, any age-related conditions can be picked up early and treated. Many diseases afflicting older cats can't be cured but they can be managed and the earlier they are picked up, the better.

Some tests your veterinarian may wish to perform, (especially on older cats) include:

These tests will provide your veterinarian with a good profile of your cat's overall health. More specific tests may be required if the above tests show a potential problem.

Between visits:

It is important to keep a careful eye on your cat and see your veterinarian if you notice any of the following;

Prompt veterinary attention should be sought if you notice any of the above.

Preventive care at home:

There are certainly ways to ensure your cat stays in peak condition for as long as possible. These include;

  • Feeding a good quality, nutritious diet
  • Dental care
  • Maintaining proper parasitic control
  • Keeping a close eye on your cat's general wellbeing and seeking veterinary advice as soon as you notice changes. Not only would these include obvious signs of sickness such as injury etc., but also indicators such as a change in eating or litter box habit, unkempt coat, general lethargy, change in behaviour.
  • Being aware of your cat's weight.

It cannot be emphasised enough how important it is to remember regular check ups with the vet, even if your cat appears well. Many vets offer a reminder service, which is something you can discuss with them.

Also see:

Monthly health check for cats   Cat symptoms