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Posted on 09-02-2016
Cats hide their illness well. Noticing subtle changes in normal routines, behavior, appetite, or weight may be a sign that something is not quite right with your kitty. A preventative care approach is best to detect illness early. Talk to your veterinarian about preventative care, which should include a physical exam, overall health evaluation, routine blood testing, and a treatment plan. Choose a certified Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) to ensure that your cat gets the best care possible with the lowest amount of stress www.catfriendlypractice.cavets.com. The veterinarians at a CFP complete extensive continuing education and professional development in feline medicine and surgery, and complete a 28-point checklist to ensure that their hospital is tailored to specially care for cats.
For senior cats (seven years old is considered a senior), exams every six months are recommended to detect and treat common diseases. Lab work including blood and urine analysis is like an “internal exam” to screen for early illness. Lab work should be done every year, especially in cats over seven.
Dental care is also important for cats. Did you know that periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years of age and older? Dental evaluations and cleanings should begin within the first or second year of a cat's life.
Controlling parasites in your cat is an important part of preventive health care. Parasites not only affect your cat’s health, but some, referred to as “zoonotic parasites,” are transmissible to people. For example, preventing flea infestation in your cat can protect family members from “cat scratch disease,” caused by the Bartonella bacteria that is carried by fleas.
Vaccines are also important, and should be tailored to each individual cat based on lifestyle and disease prevalence. Talk to your veterinarian for recommendations specific to your feline companion.
Talk to your veterinarian about making sure your cat has the best quality of life possible. Cats really are special animals and sometimes hard to read. Your veterinarian can work with you to figure out the best way to make sure your cat is healthy for years to come!
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