Cats Need Veterinary Care, Too!
We all know the importance of wellness health checks for humans, but what about for cats? Even though most of our pet cats live indoors, they are still subject to diseases and other medical problems. And because cats are masters of hiding illness, waiting until they are showing signs of sickness may mean increased treatment costs for you and unnecessary suffering for your cat. Cats are prone to diabetes and diseases of the thyroid glands and kidneys. They are also commonly affected by a painful dental disease. The best way to detect the disease early is with a good physical examination performed by your veterinarian. Since cats age so much more quickly than humans, the American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends a physical exam every six months to safeguard your cat’s health.
We know a visit to the veterinary hospital can be stressful, both for you and your cat! We hope these suggestions help make the process a little easier:
- Keep the carrier out and open in a guest room or common area for at least 24 hours prior to your pet’s appointment; place treats inside to encourage your cat to visit.
- Put familiar bedding or towels with your scent on them in the carrier.
- Acclimate your cat to the car by taking very short trips, and gradually increasing the length.
- Ask your veterinarian about Feliway facial pheromone spray. A quick “spritz” in the carrier, the car, the exam room and on the staff’s clothing may help calm your kitty.
- Call your veterinarian when you’re in their parking lot and ask to be taken directly into an exam room.
- Schedule the first-morning appointment or first appointment after lunch; your wait time will likely be shorter.
- If you are unable to get your cat into his carrier, put him in a pillowcase & tie it closed to keep him safe and secure.
If your cat is past due for a physical exam, call your veterinarian today. Although getting her to the veterinarian may be a challenge, the benefits of preventive health care are well worth it.