Regular wellness exams are one of the most important things you can do to keep your cat healthy. We recommend wellness exams at least once a year until the age of 10. Once your cat reaches 10 years of age, we recommend an exam every six months.
One of the most important reasons to bring your cat in on a regular basis is to monitor and treat conditions before they become untreatable. Since cats can’t verbally tell us how they are feeling, illness or disease may be present before you are aware of symptoms. The benefit of early detection allows time to manage or correct a problem before it becomes too severe. Because our cats age so much faster than we do, regular wellness exams are one of the best ways that you can help your cat live a long, healthy life.
During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam and ask questions related to your cat’s health. It is helpful to know how much they are eating, what kind of food you feed, and if they have done any vomiting or had loose or hard stools. If a problem is found, we will discuss diagnostic tests to help us determine the cause and recommend a treatment plan. Vaccines may also be given if they are due. We recommend bringing a stool sample to look for intestinal parasites at least once per year. After the ago of 10, we recommend blood work at least once per year including a complete blood cell count, chemistry to look at organ function, and thyroid level. Every cat should be tested for FIV/Felv at least once. This is usually done when a new cat is acquired or when cats go outside.