October is Pet Wellness Month! Making sure your kitty goes to the vet regularly is very important! While most of our feline patients would rather take yet another nap than come to visit us, they will both look and feel better with regular care. Read on as a Rochester, NY vet discusses wellness care for cats.
Fluffy’s Veterinary Care Needs
Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change as she matures. Ideally, your kitty should be microchipped and spayed or neutered when she is still a kitten. Baby cats also need thorough exams and their initial vaccines. Parasite control is also important. Once Fluffy is fully grown, she may only need to come in once or twice a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
During Fluffy’s regular exams, your vet will check several things, such as your pet’s weight and general condition. Your kitty will also be brought up to date on important vaccines, such as rabies, feline distemper, and feline leukemia. Blood and urine tests may also be needed. Older cats may have their blood pressure tested as well. These regular exams allow your vet to build a baseline ‘snapshot’ of your kitty’s health. This makes it much easier to spot minor changes that could indicate developing health issues. Ask your vet for more information.
Signs of Illness
In the wild, showing symptoms of illness can attract the attention of dangerous predators. Therefore, Fluffy learned long ago not to be too forthcoming about the fact that she isn’t feeling well. This can make it hard for pet parents to know something is wrong. Keep a close eye out for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, changes in appetite, unusual behavior or vocalizations, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Fever, limping, respiratory issues, and uncharacteristic grumpiness are also red flags. Keep in mind that, when it comes to treating health issues in our animal friends, it’s always both easier and cheaper to keep up with preventative care than it is to treat an issue once it has developed. Even if you aren’t sure your feline pal is sick, it’s best to be proactive and schedule an appointment anyway. Better safe than sorry!
Is your feline buddy due for an exam? Please contact us, your Rochester, NY vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!