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How often do cats need a check up?
The best person to recognise when something is wrong with your cat is you, the cat owner. However, sometimes it is hard to detect subtle changes at home as cats are very good at hiding illness.
It is important for your vet to check your cat at least once a year in order to catch any potential health problems. Annual check-ups are usually carried out at the time of the yearly vaccinations, and it gives the vet the opportunity to discuss any changes that you may or may not have noticed.
Routine check-ups tend to focus on the ‘prevention’ aspect and the sooner something is treated the better. These check-ups also help your cat get used to the vets rather than associating visits with something unpleasant.
A routine examination will include a head to tail examination;
- Your vets will initially ask how your cat is and if you have noticed any changes.
- Dental care – your vet will examine your cat’s teeth to see if there are any signs of dental disease which is often hard to do at home. Dental disease is common in cats; the vet will be able to advise you on how to keep your cats teeth clean and if any treatment is required.
- Weight and body condition – Obesity is a common problem in cats, it’s a good opportunity to discuss any weight problems your cat has and make a diet plan. On the flip side if your cat is underweight this could be a sign of an underlying illness.
- Senior cats – older cats can suffer from various organ complaints, joint problems and vision and hearing problems. Your vet will be able to discuss any treatment needed. As your cat gets older a check-up every 6 months may be advised.
- Behaviour – It’s important to mention any behaviour problems you may have noticed at home, changes in behaviour could be linked to an underlying problem.
- Fleas & worms – Prevention is better than the cure so it’s a good time to discuss preventative treatment.
- Vaccinations – yearly vaccinations are important to help prevent your cat getting certain diseases – feline enteritis, flu and leukaemia virus. Even indoor cats are advised to have their vaccinations.
- Long term medication – if your cat is being treated for illness then regular check-ups are important to monitor the condition.
By arranging an annual check-up with your vet you are ensuring that your cat is protected from pain, injury and disease.
If you would like to chat to one of our qualified veterinary nurses please call the Scratch & Patch Careline 0333 332 1926 and they’d be pleased to help regarding the above or any other questions you have regarding your pets health.