Living with three cats at home is rather challenging at times. I have to constantly monitor their health, their diet, and even their activities. However, cats are generally healthy pets, but regular visits to the veterinarian are important for maintaining their well-being and catching any health problems early. Here are some recommended times to schedule a visit to the vet for your cat.
It’s recommended that you take your cat to the vet at least once a year for a comprehensive physical examination and routine vaccinations. In some cases, especially if they have been sick before, it is recommended that you schedule a routine check-up every three months to monitor their health.
Changes in Behavior or Health
If you notice any changes in your cat’s behavior or health, such as a loss of appetite, lethargy, or changes in weight or appearance, schedule a visit to the vet as soon as possible. Additionally, if you notice any changes physically, like lumps in their body (though lipomas are generally not alarming nor threatening), constant teary eyes, changes in gait, or changes in their meowing, it is wise to bring them to the vet as soon as possible.
New Cat Introductions
If you’re introducing a new cat to your household, a vet visit is recommended to ensure that both cats are healthy and free from any infectious diseases. Introducing new cats at home can also cause stress to the ones who were there first, and they might need some attention from the vet.
Cats over seven years old are considered senior and may require more frequent check-ups and tests to monitor their health and identify any age-related issues. There might be some underlying conditions that are non-apparent and can only be detected by a visit to the vet. Senior cats are also recommended to be brought to the vet every quarter to monitor their health.
If your cats spend time outside, schedule regular vet visits to check for fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can affect their health. They might also be exposed to other outdoor cats who are not vaccinated which can put them at risk since indoor cats tend to have lower immune systems and can get sick easily once exposed outside.
Pregnancy and Kittens
If your cat is pregnant or has recently given birth, regular vet visits are important to monitor their health and the health of their kittens. Pregnant cats or those that recently just gave birth need more nutrients and other supplements to ensure they stay healthy and they can nurse their kittens well. They might need a change in diet and additional vitamins to keep them in their best health.
Remember, regular vet visits can help prevent health problems and ensure that your cat remains happy and healthy. If you have any concerns or questions about your cat’s health, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with the vet.
Our trusted vet, Dr. Ryan Yandug can attend to any of your veterinary needs and concerns. He and his associates were the only ones who were able to help our senior cat recover from chronic obstipation brought on by his megacolon. They also offer home visits for cases in which you cannot bring your beloved cat to their clinic. You can book your appointments through their Facebook page or reach them at +639176553337.
They are located at 8B Nichols Heights, Cebu City, Cebu 6000 and are open from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
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