Wellness Exams for Cats


The Importance of Regular Wellness Exams for Cats

It's important to have a veterinarian examine your cat at least once a year, or twice a year for Senior or Geriatric cats.

Cats age significantly faster than humans, and therefore it is imperative for cat owners to stay on top of wellness exams in order to catch any potential health problems before they begin.

Most cat illnesses are much easier and less expensive to treat and cure when caught in the early stages before they progress or develop complications. Therefore, regular cat wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive veterinary medicine.

Cats are good at hiding illness. You may not even be fully aware that something is wrong with your feline companion since cats can be experts at hiding pain or discomfort.

You should be aware of any changes in eating habits, playfulness, and general overall health.

If you notice any changes in behavior, such as a change in eating habits, not greeting you the way they normally would, or reluctance to jump up or move around the way they typically would, these are the subtle signs of what could be a serious health problem.

What is Involved in a Cat Wellness Exam?

A wellness exam is the perfect time to discuss your cat’s daily habits, diet, and any problems you may have noticed. Our animal hospitals are certified cat friendly practices, meaning that we have facilities and protocols that are specifically designed to cater to the special needs of cats.

Our staff is specifically trained to make your cat feel comfortable to reduce stress for them, and to ensure that we can perform a thorough examination.

Your vet will discuss the following topics with you:

  • The appropriate food and weight for your cat
  • Behavioral issues
  • Daily water consumption
  • Your cat’s stool production or litterbox habits
  • The amount of activity your cat gets daily

We will also perform a dental exam and look for any abnormalities in the mouth. By age 4, virtually all cats have some kind of painful dental issue.

In addition to problems with their teeth, cats can develop tumors inside of their mouths and since they are so adept at hiding pain, it is very easy to overlook these issues. However, dental issues are painful and seriously affect the quality of life for your cat.

We will assess the body condition of your cat and determine if he is the correct weight. A wellness exam also includes palpating the abdomen for organ size, making sure that all is normal, and checking for any lumps or bumps.  Preventative care is extremely important, along with vaccinations, parasite control, and deworming.

Why Might Additional Tests be Recommended?

Cats age much quicker than we do, so doing yearly labs are advised. Cats can be prone to kidney disease, a condition we see quite often. If we can catch the kidney disease early, we may be able to change your cat's diet to control or reverse it to improve their quality of life.

We may also recommend checking your cat for intestinal parasites by checking a stool sample.

Depending on the condition of your cat, any symptoms you have noticed, concerns you have, or test results, diagnostic imaging may also be recommended when appropriate to provide our doctors with the information necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and come to a recommendation for treatment.

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