How often should you get your cat checked at the vet?
Once your cat is an adult, annual check-ups will ensure he stays healthy, but after age 7 he might need to visit more often, especially once he’s well into the senior years.
What happens at a vet check-up cat?
During a routine wellness examination, your veterinarian will ask you questions about your cat’s diet, exercise, thirst, breathing, behavior, habits, litterbox habits, lifestyle (indoors or outdoors), and general health. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical examination of your cat.
What are the signs of an older cat getting sick?
Increased appetite may also be a concern, especially if it comes on suddenly in an older cat. Hypothyroidism may be the explanation, but your vet will need to run tests to be sure. Increased appetite should not be ignored, even in younger cats.
When to take your cat to the vet for an oral infection?
If your cat has an oral infection, it exposes the whole body to the bacteria in the mouth. This could lead to problems with the heart and other organs. Certain situations may be considered urgent. You shouldn’t wait for an appointment at your vet when your cat is experiencing an emergency.
What to do if you suspect your cat is sick?
Provide a happy, low-stress home for your cat. Keep fresh water available at all times and plenty of clean, accessible litter boxes in your home. In smaller homes or multiple-cat homes, provide vertical space like cat trees and wall shelves. If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately.
How to know if your cat has an injury?
Limping and trouble jumping up are signs of an injury or a condition like arthritis. 2 Don’t assume your cat is not in pain because he is eating and acting normal otherwise. See your vet so the injury or condition can be treated appropriately. Swelling in any area of the body should not be ignored.
Why does my 18 year old cat have a lump in her stomach?
My 18-year-old cat has developed a lump in her stomach she’s not eating or drinking or going to the bathroom at all. She cries when touched or she’s picked up. I took her to the vet two weeks ago they did an x-ray and said there was nothing wrong but the other night I went to give her a bath and found a mass in her stomach.
When to take your limping cat to the vet?
The first thing you need to do is to let her relax. When she is relaxed and lying down, closely inspect her leg and paw for redness and swelling. Gently touch her paw pads and the area around to see if she flinches or meows with pain.
How can you tell if your cat has cancer?
Benign tumors in cats usually grow slowly and have well-defined edges, while malignant ones grow faster and may cause bleeding or pain. Nobody likes the thought of their kitty ever getting cancer, but ignoring the situation won’t help. The best way you can protect your feline companion from this disease is by knowing the symptoms.