Keeping your cat healthy is an important way to ensure they stay happy and lively! You can keep them healthy by scheduling preventive care veterinary visits, and ensuring that their diet is well-balanced and they're getting enough exercise and water.
Preventive Care Wellness Veterinary Visits
There are a few common misconceptions that keep people from taking cats to the veterinarian:
- Cats are viewed as independent and able to take care of themselves
- Cats are assumed to be healthy if they don’t appear to be sick
- Cats living indoors are thought to be safe from illness and injury
Cats especially require preventive care veterinary visits because it’s in their nature to hide their sicknesses. By the time your cat is showing symptoms, they’ve probably been sick for a long time. Regular check-ups ensure that a veterinarian can catch early signs of illnesses before symptoms show up and for that reason, veterinary organizations advise check-ups for adult cats at least once a year - kittens and senior cats need more.
Cat Friendly Practices
Cat Friendly Practices understand unique feline needs, provide cat-friendly guidelines, educate veterinarians about calm environments, and have quality staff receiving ongoing training in feline-friendly handling and medical care. This is especially helpful when dealing with an already-anxious cat. To find one near you, search here.
Preventative Care Plans
Veterinarians will prescribe a preventive care plan specific to your cat’s individual needs based on their lifestyle. This plan will usually involve spaying or neutering, core vaccines, and common preventive medications.
Read more on our blog: Happy Healthy Cat
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