In order for your cat to live a healthy and normal life, you will need to provide him/her with the best a pet parent can offer. Nutritious food and shelter are basic necessities but are simply not enough to guarantee optimum health and wellness. As a responsible pet parent, you will need to take them to the vet on a regular basis. The question is how often should your lovable feline get a checkup from vets?
Experts recommend that cats be taken for checkup and examination at least twice a year. This may sound like a lot to some but bear in mind that cats feature little bodies that undergo change more rapidly than that of humans.
Cats are natural hunters which makes it relatively easy for them to hide any sign of discomfort or illness. In addition, a large percentage of indoor cats are now suffering from cat obesity which may cause them to develop serious, life-threatening diseases. In order to prevent such misery to you and your cats, you should always follow the recommendation to have them checked in at a clinic every six months.
Listed below are vet recommendations on the frequency of visits and the procedures that your cat should undergo:
1-6 years old
- Full body examination every six months
- Assessment and evaluation of normal health conditions as well as dietary needs and other health concerns of pet owners
- It is recommended that cats undergo blood work every 2 years. This is to diagnose health conditions such as anemia and diabetes among others.
- Your cat may be indicated to undergo FIV and FeLV testing
- Cat deworming should be observed twice a year
7-28 years old
- Full body examination every six months or more if your cat is already suffering from a pre-existing medical condition
- For senior cats, blood work should be done twice each year
- Urinalysis examination performed twice each year to detect the presence of kidney disease
- Blood pressure of checks, especially overweight cats should be performed twice a year
- The accumulation of plaque and tartar will be evident in older cats. With this, they need to undergo dental prophylaxis or dental cleaning once a year
- The frequency of deworming will be increased as your cat grows older
Aside from these wellness visits, it is also best to check out danger signs that should prompt you to take your cat immediately to the animal clinic:
Although grooming is a natural activity for cats, if your fur baby is already biting off hair or ripping out fur, you should see a veterinarian right away. Excessive grooming is a probably sign of allergies, flea infestation, or an autoimmune condition.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
If your cat starts throwing up black and tarry vomit instead of hairballs, this is a clear signal that something is seriously wrong with him. Vomiting is a clear sign of gastrointestinal blockage or other serious conditions. Chronic diarrhea, on the other hand, may lead to dehydration which can be detrimental to the well being of your cat.
Other danger signs:
- Eliminating outside the litterbox
- Weepy eyes
- Decreased appetite