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August 14, 2012 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Top 5 Reasons WHY You Should Take Your Cat to the Vet

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

August 22nd - is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! Lets look at the Top 5 Reasons why it is important to take our furry feline in for a checkup!

Vaccinations

Depending on the age, kittens versus older cats, different vaccinations will be needed during their checkups.

Vaccinations that may be required: Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Distemper, Chlamydia, Rabies, Bordatella and Deworming.

You will want to discuss with your vet about not over-vaccinating your furry friend and only vaccinating for what is necessary. Your cat's environment and living conditions can help determine if all vaccinations are necessary and how often they are needed.

Dental Cleaning

This is a great opportunity to have your cat's teeth and mouth examined for extractions that might be needed, tooth decay, sores, and many other aliments that are sometimes hidden very well from our feline friend.

A cat's oral health plays a huge role in their overall well-being.

A dental cleaning may be scheduled prior to your leaving and your kitty will thank you by giving you a big smile and fresh smelling kiss afterwards!

Parasite Check

Your vet will check your little buddy internally and externally for any type of parasites. Then they will check your cat's fur for fleas and ticks.

The best way to check for internal parasite is to test a stool sample. So, prior to going to the vet, make sure you have a recent stool sample to bring with you.

Senior Checkup

If your cat is over 7 years old and hasn't had a visit to the vet in awhile, this is the time to do it!

Your Senior friend will get an over-haul on their physical exam. A blood and stool test will most likely be required, this will help your vet determine if there is any thing wrong with your older cat's kidneys, blood count, liver, parasites, and other such things.

The vet will examine your cat's musculoskeletal system for loss of weight, arthritis, and other senior aliments as well as listening to your cat's heart for any conditions. They will also check their eyesight and hearing.

If there are any medical issues in your aging feline friend, you will be thankful you found out so you may assist them in feeling better sooner.

Overall Physical Exam

This is your opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have in regards to your furry feline.

Irregular lumps and bumps

Breathing Issues

Weight Concerns

Urinating or Bowl Concerns

Eating and Drinking Habits

Fur Condition (including grooming needs if necessary)

Remember, our furry felines can't sit you down and tell you they aren't feeling very well. In fact, cats are notorious for hiding any sickness or pain. Don't assume your feline friend is doing fine by skipping their yearly physicals at the vet.

Instead, get on the phone, and schedule an appointment with your vet, don't wait for August 22nd - now is just as important! Although your kitty will most likely put up a fuss about going to the vet, knowing they are being taken care of will be worth all that little fuss they give you!

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