Cat owners love that their pets are low-maintenance. They enjoy their independence and are typically seen as “easier” to care for than a dog. However, this doesn’t mean that cats are exempt from regular vet care! So how often do you take a cat to the vet- and why are these checkups so important? Get the answers in the article below.
The Importance of Vet Care
Veterinary care is important for any animal, even if they appear healthy. Because dogs and cats have different health concerns than humans, pet owners might not be able to spot symptoms of diseases or other issues in their pets. Plus, many diseases in animals start suddenly and can quickly become very serious. Regular vet visits allow your vet to build a relationship with your pet so that they can best treat them in the future if they need emergency care.
How Often Do You Take a Cat to the Vet?
So you know that vet visits are important. But how often do you take a cat to the vet? Healthy adult cats should get a checkup once a year, just like their people. During this visit, a vet will take your cat’s weight, vitals, and conduct a physical exam. They will also check inside the mouth and clean your cat’s teeth. It’s a quick and easy way to make sure your cat is healthy.
Care for Kittens and Senior Cats
Both kittens and senior cats will need to see the vet more frequently. Kittens will need to be spayed or neutered, as well as vaccinated. They will also need their health monitored to ensure proper growth. Your vet will put your kitten on a schedule to make sure they receive their vaccines at the right time. Senior cats (around 10 years of age and older) will also need more frequent vet visits, usually two per year. Your vet can help you decide when your older cat is the right age for bi-annual exams.
Don’t Put Off Your Vet Exam!
The Texavet team can help your cat stay healthy and happy! We offer a wide range of services for kittens, senior cats, and all feline friends in between. Call us today to book your cat’s next vet appointment.