CATS, CATS, CATS!
Did you know that cats age more quickly than humans? Comparatively, one year in a human’s life, is equal to about five to ten years for a cat. Meaning, a lot of health issues can present themselves within a year.
To piggyback on a recent article we published, Signs of Aging in Cats, we thought it best to discuss the importance of annual exams and preventative care.
TELL “TAIL” SIGNS
Cats are masters at hiding pain. It is not rare to find that your feline companion has been dealing with health issues weeks before you become aware.
However, do NOT be too hard on yourself. Typically, this is not from lack of care or attention on the owner’s part. It just the “cat” way. Unfortunately, an illness or disease may have progressed significantly over that period.
IMPORTANCE OF FELINE ANNUAL EXAMS
Veterinarians receive special training and have experience in detecting even subtle illnesses in your kitty. A few things your veterinarian will typically cover during your cat’s annual wellness examination, include:
- Detection of possible heart murmurs
- Lung sounds for illness detection
- Any abnormal palpation
- Dental disease
- Abnormal lumps/bumps check
- An organ check for any size changes
- Eye exam for the presence of cataracts, or other ocular issues
- Allergy and skin irritations
- Weight check (to see if there has been any significant changes over the past year)
As mentioned earlier, it is very important to make AND keep your cat’s annual physical exam. No matter the kitty’s stage in life.
In fact, what you may attribute to old age could possibly be a sign of illness or other underlying medical issues, that are treatable.
In addition, your cat’s annual exam is a great time to take the opportunity to ask your veterinarian any questions and/or concerns you have about your pet’s overall health. Behavioral issues should also be addressed at this time.
Veterinarians are quite knowledgeable. They can help to develop a plan to maintain your feline companion’s quality of life.
Furthermore, based upon the results of your kitty’s examination, the doctor may suggest further testing. Keep in mind, the primary goal of your veterinarian is keeping your cat healthy. They care for your pets, tremendously. Lastly, early detection is key. Treating health problems early can help your cat live a long, happy and healthy life.