Cats are among the most popular pets in the U.S. — so why do veterinarians see so few of them in the office? Maybe it’s because cats are stoic, often independent creatures — it can be easy to forget they face their own health challenges, just like dogs.
Cats should be kept up-to-date on Rabies vaccinations (it’s the law), and Feline Distemper combos and Leukemia, depending on lifestyle. Since cats age faster than humans, a lot can happen in a year, which is why we recommend an annual check-up.
Make a New Year’s resolution to bring your cat
to the veterinarian for a check-up,
especially if her last visit was over 12 months ago.
But other than an annual wellness visit, when should you take your cat to the vet? Here are some potential poor health signs to watch for:
- Inappropriate elimination behavior / failure to use litterbox
- Changes in interaction with family members or other housepets
- Changes in activity level
- Changes / increase in sleeping
- Changes in food and water consumption (may increase or decrease)
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Changes in grooming (may increase or decrease grooming)
- Changes in vocalization
- Bad breath
For details on each symptom listed above, stop in at our clinic and pick up the brochure, “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?“
Coming up next week: How to make vet visits easier for you and your cat.