Preventive Care to Ensure a Happy, Healthy Cat


Preventive Care Plans for Cats

We understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. This is why we offer our feline patients and their human counterparts a comprehensive array of preventive care services that promote cat health, wellness, and longevity of life.

A cat preventive care program consists of:

  • Annual or Semi-Annual Physical Exams
  • Blood and Urine analysis
  • Ongoing Health and Wellness education
  • Periodic at-home monitoring

The focus of a preventive care program is to ensure that your cat is receiving everything they need to live a healthy life, including proper nutrition, good hygiene, adequate stimulation, as well as early detection of any illness or disease that may be developing.

In the fight against various feline diseases, early detection makes a significant difference in the scope and effectiveness of treatment. Most feline diseases are much easier to treat in the early stages, while some diseases can reach a point where treatment is no longer an option.

Unfortunately, cats are so good at hiding signs and symptoms of disease that by the time symptoms become obvious, it may be too late. This is why regular exams are critically important.

Annual Wellness Exams

An Annual wellness exam should be performed by your veterinarian every year. This physical exam is a comprehensive assessment of your cat's health.

Your veterinarian will review various aspects of your cat's health, including:

  • Vaccination status
  • Parasite control
  • Dental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and environmental enrichment
  • Ears and eyes
  • Internal organs
  • Behavior
  • Skin and coat
  • Blood work

Bathing and Grooming

A sizeable portion of a cat's health involves self-bathing and grooming. A cat can manage its own skin, fur, and digestive health through self-grooming. However, there are things you can and should do as a cat owner to help ensure optimal hygiene by following a simple preventive care regimen.

This includes:

  • Brushing your cat's hair regularly to limit knots and furballs
  • Trimming your cat's nails
  • Physical interactions, including petting and playing to maintain a health comfort level with interaction and engage your cat's senses

Of course, the temperament and disposition of your cat can affect your ability to maintain this regimen.

If you are having trouble grooming your cat, or if you have any concerns, our veterinary staff would be happy to discuss options and alternatives with you at your next appointment.

Cancer Detection

Cancer is among the most frightening and painful diagnosis a cat owner can hear. It is also a disease that stands a better chance of being defeated if it is detected early on.

As a cat owner, if you notice the development of lumps, or conditions that look worrisome, please schedule a veterinary appointment immediately. It is important to understand that most of the cancer symptoms that a veterinarian will be able to spot early on will not be noticeable to you. Again, because most signs of illness in cats remain subtle until they are in a more serious condition, it is very important to have a veterinarian give your cat a thorough physical on a regular basis.

Integrative Medicine

Preventive care for cats also includes various fields of integrative medicine. Integrative medicine consists of alternative practices that enhance or enrich standard or classical preventive and treatment-based protocols.

Some of the many forms of integrative medicine that promote cat health include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Laser Therapy

Integrative medicine can be very effective in promoting cat health when used in conjunction with other veterinarian recommended therapies or treatments. Ask your veterinarian what types of integrative medicine can help your cat live a healthy and happy life for many years to come.

Feline Dentistry

One of the most overlooked facets of preventive care for cats is dentistry. Cats do not tell you when they have oral pain or discomfort. In general, by four years of age, most cats have developed some dental or gingival disease that will require veterinary intervention. A thorough exam requires anesthesia and dental x-rays. The majority of dental disease in cats lies underneath the gum line. For this reason, x-rays are required to identify any disease that may be present in the tooth and the root of the tooth, which may be a source of chronic pain.

Some of the causes of dental disease and discomfort include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Malocclusion
  • Tooth loss
  • Mouth sores and ulcers
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal Disease

A thorough teeth cleaning is something you should trust to your veterinarian, but regular brushing can be performed in the comfort of your home. Many cats will tolerate daily teeth brushing if done in a gentle and respectful manner. You can also help facilitate excellent cat health by providing toys and treats formulated to help strengthen and/or clean your cat's teeth and gums.

Flea and Tick Prevention

No insects are as troublesome to you and your cat as fleas and ticks. Fleas can cause severe skin irritation and can infest your home if you do not have a good preventive plan. While less common than fleas, ticks can transmit dangerous and deadly diseases. Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk for fleas and ticks, as these parasites can thrive in almost all geographic locations. Having your cat on a regular flea and tick preventative plan can ensure that your cat is protected against these pests.

Feline Nutrition

Raising a healthy cat depends heavily on the type and amount of food they consume on a daily basis. Low quality cat food, and treats high in fat or carbohydrates can negatively affect many aspects of your feline friend's health. Obesity is the most common health problem we see in our otherwise healthy cat patients. Developing a nutritional plan from an early age which includes a diet selection, feeding plan, and exercise plan is the best way to avoid feline obesity.

Cats will have different nutritional requirements during each stage of their lives, which include:

  • Kittens
  • Adult Cats
  • Senior Cats

Your veterinarian can help determine if your cat is following a healthy diet, and also help formulate one tailored to your cat's nutritional needs, lifestyle, and current condition, including prescribed feeding frequency and serving size.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a fundamentally essential component of cat care. They consist of a series of immunizations given to your cat as a kitten, and then boosters given periodically throughout their lifetime. Vaccinations help prevent and fight various serious and potentially fatal diseases that cats are at risk of contracting. They also help prevent the spread of diseases between felines, as well as to human beings.

Although the rabies vaccine is the only vaccination currently required by law in most states, we strongly recommend fostering good cat health by making sure your feline friend completes his or her recommended vaccination protocol on time.

This program is determined with your veterinarian, and is based on the lifestyle, geographic location, and pre-existing medical conditions of your cat.

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