Recommended to take the cat to the vet for a checkup at least once a year, even if the cat appears to be in good health.
How often should a kitten be taken to the vet?
Initial Veterinary Visit: Bring the kitten to the veterinarian for their first check-up as soon as possible after acquiring the kitten or as recommended by the shelter or breeder. This visit will typically include a physical exam, recommended vaccinations, de-worming, and flea/tick prevention.
Follow-up Appointments: Kittens usually require more frequent veterinary visits than adult cats within the first year of their life. Regular visits may include a follow-up to receiving vaccinations or deworming medication, to ensure their health is good, and treat any conditions or illnesses early on.
How often should an adult cat be taken to the vet?
Senior cats over the age of 7 may require more frequent veterinary visits as they are more prone to age-related illnesses such as kidney disease, arthritis, and dental issues. They may require biannual checkups or more frequent checks if any abnormalities are detected.
If a cat has a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or a heart condition, they may require more frequent visits to manage their condition and monitor their health.
What are the signs that you need to urgently take your cat to the veterinarian?
- Difficulty breathing: Rapid and labored breathing or open-mouthed breathing could indicate an emergency situation that requires immediate attention.
- Loss of appetite or refusing to eat: A lack of appetite or excessive vomiting could signify an underlying health issue or an obstruction in the digestive tract.
- Lethargy or weakness: If your cat is not responding to their name, not moving around, or seems to be struggling to walk, it could indicate a severe health issue.
- Disorientation or sudden behavior changes: Disorientation, confusion or sudden changes in behavior or temperament, such as aggression, could indicate an underlying medical problem or injury.
- Difficulty urinating or not using the litter box: This could be a sign of a urinary tract infection, or blocked or obstructed urinary tract, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
- Seizures: Seizures can be caused by a range of underlying medical conditions and require immediate veterinary care.
- Severe bleeding: Any significant bleeding, whether from an injury or internally, requires prompt medical attention.