What to expect at your cat’s health vet check-up

Over 35% of Australian cats are not getting the veterinary care needed to keep them healthy and happy according to research.  Some cat owners may be unwittingly neglecting the health needs of their furry companions.

Village Vets Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll’s campaign ‘Have we seen your cat lately?’ urges cat owners to take action.

Feline health risks are not always plain to see.  So, take your cat to the veterinarian for an annual check up.   During your cat’s health vet check-up, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough examination of your cat.

Here’s what to expect at your cat’s health vet check-up examination:

  1. What to expect at your cat's health vet check-up

    Cats are living longer. Older cats need twice yearly vet check-ups. Photo: Elnur/Shutterstock.com

    A review of your cat’s previous health records

  2. Discuss medications your cat is currently taking, including flea prevention products
  3. Note weight and age changes since the last examination
  4. Ask about any lifestyle changes in your cat
  5. Perform a physical examination including teeth, mouth, eyes, ears, skin, coat, and paws
  6. Ask about any unusual behaviour in your cat, such as drinking more water, eating less or more, sleeping less or more, a change in activity level, or toileting behaviour and litter tray use
  7. Treat any current condition, such as ear infection or ear mites
  8. A dental check to see if cleaning is necessary
  9. If early disease signs are detected, a recommendation for further tests
  10. A recommendation of appropriate vaccinations to help prevent disease.

Cats are living longer now, especially indoor cats. Senior and geriatric cats require two health vet check-ups exams per year to ensure the continued health and a high quality of life.

Trips to the vet can be stressful for your cat. We have a few tips to help make your cat’s health vet check-up less stressful for everyone!

Source: Have we seen your cat lately

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