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Regular Visits To The Vet Can Help Your Cat Live A Longer Life
You bring your dog in for regular physical exams, but what about your cat? Cats need wellness visits, too, especially outdoor only and barn cats. Nearly half of homes with a dog also have a cat, but cats are much less likely to receive the veterinary care that is essential to maintaining their frisky nature. A healthy adult cat should have a check-up at least once a year, and senior cats aged 7 and older every six months. Changes in eating, grooming or litter box habits may be your cat's way of telling you that something is wrong. Unfortunately, because cats aren't brought in as often as dogs, many times diseases have significantly progressed and the feline has suffered.
To help catch and prevent serious conditions early, veterinarians recommend wellness exams at least once a year for adult cats and dogs, and twice a year for senior pets over age 7. Regular routine physical exams and laboratory diagnostic testing are critically important for preventing disease, maintaining your pet's health, and prolonging their life. Regular check-ups include a hands-on, nose to tail physical exam. Your veterinarian will conduct routine blood panels and health screens, administer appropriate vaccines, prescribe and refill parasite control medication, and monitor your pet's weight, development and fitness.
Regular veterinary care is just as important for your cat as it is for your dog. A lot can change with your pet's health in just a short amount of time. Give yourself peace of mind, and your pet a healthy life, by scheduling and keeping regular comprehensive wellness exams. Many veterinarians offer Wellness Packages that help to reduce the cost of your felines care.
Fleas & Ticks. Fleas and ticks are not just uncomfortable for pets they also pose serious health threats for animals and humans alike. Flea bites can cause allergy dermatitis, which may result in chronic misery for your pet and lead to serious infections. Pets with fleas may develop anemia or be infected by tapeworms.Fleas and ticks can also carry disease. Ticks can infect your pets with Lyme disease, tick fevers like ehrlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, as well as other severe blood infections. Keeping your cat on a flea & tick preventative is great for both the pet as well as pet owners.
Hairballs. Cats are wonderful but hairballs are probably their least endearing quality. Occasional hairballs are unavoidable. However, severe internal impaction can lead to dangerous digestive health problems. Hairballs can obstruct the pathway for food or block the intestines. Vomiting of undigested food, retching, constipation, diarrhea, and a swollen abdomen are all signs of hairball distress. To avoid serious blockages, routinely brush your cat and provide fresh water at all times. Also, keep in mind that overweight cats have difficulty grooming themselves. Keeping your kitty slim and trim helps them be more efficient self-groomers, which can in turn reduce hairballs. At home maintenance programs, with laxatives, medications, and prescription hairball reducing food, provides relief for cats frequently troubled by hairballs. Always contact your veterinarian if you have concerns about your cat's health.
Pet Obesity. An occasional treat can be a great motivator for your pet and a way to show love for your four-legged friend. However, many pet treats and most table scraps are high in calories and fat. If given too often, these indulgences can lead to obesity. Did you know an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese? Even just a few pounds above your pet's ideal weight can increase its risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, and other life threatening diseases affecting the organs. As with human diets, good nutrition, and portion control are keys. A variety of prescription and maintenance diets are available from your veterinarian. A combination of medical and nutritional options, plus lifestyle changes, can help your pet achieve and maintain its ideal weight, so they can stay fit and healthy for many years to come.
Spraying. Unneutered male cats begin spraying to mark their territory when they reach sexual maturity at about six months. Both male and female cats can spray, however males are the more likely culprit. The best approach is to stop the spraying before it even starts by neutering your kitten early. Neutering is also effective for curbing this nasty behavior in older cats. If your cat does spray he will continue to return to that spot, so eliminate the urine odor immediately and completely with a special cleaner designed specifically for offensive pet odors. Spraying can also be a warning sign for conditions like a blocked urethra, urinary tract infection, or diabetes. If spraying is a problem call your veterinarian for advice.
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2/10/2019 07:24:03 pm
I do agree that my cat needs to visit the veterinarian regularly because of hairballs that are sometimes too big for her own good. Since she's an outdoor cat, she needs to be checked for fleas and ticks to make sure the kids don't get it. She's rather overweight so hopefully, a good veterinarian can recommend a variety of maintenance diets for her to take so she'll get thinner.
6/14/2019 04:26:50 pm
I loved that you mentioned that give treats to your cats causes obesity. I have been noticed that my cat is gaining weight, and I would like to set up an appointment for a checkup. Your advice about nutritional options to help them with that is awesome.
3/20/2020 12:56:42 pm
We have a 3-year-old cat named Marvin and just adopted a 6-month-old kitten named Zoey. Thanks for advising to take your cats to the vet at least once a year to make sure their blood panels and vaccines are all good. I'll try to find an animal hospital to take my baby kitten to very soon since she hasn't been feeling well.
6/29/2020 11:33:29 pm
My husband just bought my daughter a kitten. We have had dogs before but never a cat and I want to make sure she keeps well. Thanks for pointing out that cats need a wellness exam done annually to help catch and prevent serious conditions. I will look for an animal hospital nearby to get her check-up done. I really appreciate the feline healthcare tips you have provided. Fleas and ticks are especially annoying for pets but I never knew they were a health threat for both animals and humans alike. I'll speak to the veterinarian about preventive measures.
3/2/2021 08:16:37 pm
You made a good point when you shared that it is important to bring your pet for a wellness check-up every once a year in order to help catch and prevent serious conditions early. My sister just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of adopting a cat since she wants her son to learn how to love animals just like how she and her husband do. I will advise her to take it to a reliable veterinarian at least once a year so it is ensured to be healthy.
3/3/2021 12:52:51 pm
Thank you for sharing that one of the benefits of having annual physical exams for our pets is that we can ensure their health. The other day my brother mentioned he needed his dog checked as he suspects his canine is overweight. I will definitely recommend him to bring his dog to a veterinarian clinic.
3/17/2021 05:52:48 pm
I'm glad you talked about the importance of taking your cat to a vet. A few weeks ago, my wife mentioned she wanted to add a cat to our family, but she forgot about it. Her birthday is coming up, so I'm thinking about getting a little kitten for my wife, and I'm sure your article will help us learn about a cat's care. Thanks for the tips about the importance of taking your cat to a veterinarian.
3/30/2021 11:32:06 pm
I am grateful that this post mentioned that it is important for us to have a trusted vet checked our pets. My wife mentioned that she would like to have our cat undergo a routine check up. After reading your post, I will definitely look for a certified vet within our proximity.
4/5/2021 04:30:22 pm
Thanks for the advice to get a wellness exam for your pet at least once a year. I just adopted a cat, and I want to make sure it is vaccinated. I'll look for a vet in my area so I can get my cat examined and vaccinated later this week.
4/6/2021 10:08:15 am
I want to make sure that I take good care of my cat. It makes sense that I would want to take my cat to a vet every once in a while! It's nice that they can ensure that he is healthy.
4/7/2021 09:15:23 am
It's great that you talked about the importance of taking your cat to the vet regularly. Recently, my wife and I adopted a little kitten. Neither of us had a cat before, and we're not sure how to care for him or her, so we'll be sure to follow your tips. Thanks for the advice on how a vet visit helps increase the lifespan of our cat!
4/21/2021 09:48:32 pm
Excellent. I am so lucky that I found this website. You did your job and I get some information to use. Thank you for your time to share for this informative content for us.
Thanks for the advice that cats and dogs should get wellness exams at least once a year. My cat has been acting very lethargic and I think that my cat's health hasn't been well. I'll look for an veterinarian I can take my cat to so my pet can get a wellness exam.
5/6/2021 06:13:17 pm
My uncle has been thinking about taking his cat to the vet more often because she is getting really old and sick. He would really like to make sure that she is seen by a professional to prevent any other problems from occurring. I liked what you said about how he can reduce her weight which can help reduce hairballs because they can be a more efficient groomer.
Thanks for helping me understand that hairballs can block the pathway for food or the intestines of the cat. With that in mind, I should really get my cat checked which I never did for the past 2 years of having him. Hopefully, his health is fine, and not much hair is found on his stomach.
Thanks for helping me understand that table scraps can make cats obese because of the calories and fats that they contain. I guess I need to take my cat to a veterinarian to get checked. It's because he has been bigger than usual, so I want to get him the right treatment if ever he really is obese by now.
8/2/2021 09:29:46 pm
Thanks for helping me understand that treats can have lots of calories and fat that can lead to our pet being obese. I guess I need to take my cat to a veterinarian to get him checked if he is already obese. It's because my mom loves to give him treats when she visits my home, so I am worried that he might have gotten fat now.
8/6/2021 09:46:58 am
I want to make sure that I take good care of my cat. It makes sense that I would want to take him to a vet every once in a while. That seems like a good way to ensure that my cat is healthy.
10/12/2021 03:54:58 pm
My daughter has a cat that is turning 11, and she is worried that he might be obese. It's good to know that you should only give treats sparingly to prevent obesity. I told her I'd take the cat to the vet to make sure he is alright.
10/12/2021 07:45:44 pm
I just adopted a cat from my friend who is moving across the country and can not take the cat with her. I am hoping to get it into a professional vet soon for a check-up. Thank you for pointing out that we should brush a cat to avoid health problems related to hairballs. I will definitely keep this is mind with my cat.
11/25/2021 06:04:24 pm
It helped when you mentioned that cats are much not likely to need veterinary care, unlike dogs. My sister mentioned to me that she is planning to have her pet vaccinated and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell her that she can consult a well-known veterinary service as they can answer all her inquiries and will provide good care of her pet.
12/16/2021 10:22:04 am
I want to make sure that my cat is healthy. It makes sense that I would want to get him to a veterinarian every once in a while. That way, I can ensure that he's healthy.
1/3/2022 09:24:49 am
I never knew that cats are wonderful but hairballs are probably their least endearing quality. I never thought that it would be like this, it is an intriguing article to read and I will also share this with my aunt. Thank you for the information about veterinarians.
1/14/2022 08:35:14 pm
I like what you said a healthy adult cat should be examined once a year, and senior cats aged 7 and older should be examined every six months. Changes in eating, grooming, or litter box behaviors could be your cat's way of informing you that something is wrong. This is a good article, my uncle is looking for info and this should help him. I wanted to thank you for your explanation about veterinary service.
2/15/2022 02:29:08 am
I never knew that regular veterinarian care for your cat is just as crucial as it is for your dog. I never thought that it would be like this, I'll share this with my aunt. Thank you for the information about veterinarians.
4/25/2022 03:56:46 pm
Thank you for explaining that you should take your cat to the vet regularly to help with hairballs and to avoid blockages. I've been wondering how I should take care of my cat that I recently adopted from the pound. I thought I would only need to take them in for their vaccines regularly, but I'll be sure to talk to them about this too.
5/19/2022 10:50:00 am
Thank you for explaining that you are giving your cat a healthy life by having regular veterinary care. We just adopted a cat, and she's looking weak. I should bring her to a veterinary hospital service near my place for a check-up.
11/28/2022 04:41:13 pm
It's good to know that wellness exams are recommended once a year for cats. I'm hoping that I can talk with a vet this week because my cat has been a bit lethargic lately. She's still eating, but I'm thinking she might have a little infection.
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