Our cats are considered part of the family, but many times don’t make it to the vet as often as their canine counterparts. Why is this the case? The ride to the vet can be stressful to pets and parents alike, so we tend to avoid it, claiming they “seem fine” at home. The trouble is that catscan show changes in how they’re feeling in very subtle ways. Things that seem normal, like hairballs, or pesky behavior changes like vocalizing more often or urinating outside the box could indicate an underlying problem. What’s more, many of the most common age-related diseases in cats can be detected and managed BEFORE they start to make your pet feel sick. For example, chronic kidney disease is a common age related change that can be detected early through normal screening blood work. Although this is an irreversible disease, some simple adjustments to lifestyle (like diet change) have been shown to prolong life expectancy. Plus, there are so many more things that can be discussed at each vet visit! The latest in nutrition, behavior, environmental enrichment, and general wellness for each life stage can be addressed. So make sure your kitty makes it in to the vet at least once a year to keep him or her happy and healthy!
General Wellness Websites:
For a list of common feline toxins:http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/