Is it important to take your cat to the vet?

One of the biggest mistakes that many feline guardians make is assuming that because most cats are kept indoors away from contact with other animals and/or infectious diseases, that they still do not need regular exams and check-ups. While immunizations are important, especially when cats are younger, it is equally important to take cats for veterinary exams to detect early disease signs.

Cats often mask disease very well, and often do not show their guardians any signs of illness until the disease process is very advanced. Because of their solitary and serene nature, cats may not express signs of illness as readily as do canines or human guardians do. With regular veterinary exams, veterinarians may detect early problems including heart disease or periodontal disease. By mid age, most cats have some degree of periodontal disease, which may lead to not only oral infections and discomfort, but also problems in other organs of the body, including the heart, liver and kidneys. Guardians are often amazed how much more energized and healthier cats become after receiving appropriate dental treatment from their veterinarian.

In addition, preventative blood and/or urine testing may also pick up early kidney or urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, and even cancer. Subtle signs feline guardians may look for at home which may prompt a veterinary visit include changes in weight or appetite, increases in thirst or urination, as well as changes in breathing or any tendency to chronic vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. The good news is, with early detection and diagnosis, many feline diseases are readily treatable, which can allow our feline companions to be as healthy as possible for years to come.