Regular wellness exams are vital for ensuring your kitty has a long, happy, and healthy life. August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, and the perfect opportunity to schedule your cat’s routine preventive care exam. Contrary to popular belief, even indoor cats are susceptible to disease. Postponing your cat’s wellness check-up doesn’t pay off, and here’s why.
A cat reaches the human age of 15 during its 1st year, and 24 by its 2nd year. Each year after, your cat ages 4 “cat years” for every calendar year. So your 8-year-old cat would be 48 in human years. Annual veterinary care is crucial because a lot can happen in 4 cat years.
CATS ARE MASTERS OF HIDING ILLNESS AND PAIN
Cats are excellent at hiding signs they are sick or in pain. Your cat could be developing a health condition long before you notice anything is wrong. Veterinarians are trained to spot things that you may not notice, such as diabetes, heart murmurs and abdominal masses. They can detect a problem before it advances or becomes more difficult to treat
YOUR CAT MAY BE OVERWEIGHT
Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Your veterinarian will check your cat’s weight at each visit and provide recommendations to help keep your cat at its ideal weight. Just an extra three pounds can put cats at risk for diabetes, heart, respiratory, and kidney disease, and more.
LET YOUR VET KNOW ABOUT ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES
Has anything changed with your cat’s eating patterns? Weight? Activity level? Make a list of information, concerns, and questions to share at your cat’s annual check-up. You may not recognize some behavior changes as being significant because they are subtle or minor, but when your veterinarian takes a thorough patient history, these subtle changes may help to uncover hidden issues.
PREVENTIVE CARE IS BETTER THAN REACTIVE CARE
Information discussed, along with a thorough physical exam, allows your veterinarian to create a plan to help your cat remain healthy. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since veterinarians can often detect conditions or diseases that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat.