Regular Check-Ups are Key to a Healthy

and Happy Cat

Right Meow!
Now is the PURRR-fect time to bring your cat in for a routine visit. There are many reasons why you should make sure to get your kitty in for their annual exam to them feline fine!

Cats age rapidly!
In the first year of life they age the equivalent of 15 human years! So, when they are 2 years old they are the equivalent of a 24 year old human. You gotta be kitten me! Each year after that is equivalent to 4 humans years! WOW! Thats a lot of aging in a short time fram! Now think... by the time you are 24 years old how many times have you seen a docotor? A lot can happen with your kitty in a short 4 year "cat year".

The master of disguise!
Survival of the fittest is how cats survive in the wild. So it is a natural behavior for a cat to hide any sign of pain or illness. This makes them excellent at hiding all hints towards a developing health issue. Subtle changes in a cat's behavior or daily routine may be your only sign at home that something may be wrong.

Fat Cat!
Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. It only takes a few extra pounds on our furry friends to wreak havoc on their bodies. Some chances for certain illnesses increase by being overweight, such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Veterinarians can help with tips and tricks on how to get your kitty to a healthy weight and keep them there.

Let there be life!
Preventive care is always better than reactive care. Because cats are so good at hiding problems, waiting until you notice a problem can make the illness much worse for your kitty. Regular physical exams and wellness blood work can help our doctors pick up on early signs of disease and allow them to inform you of subtle signs to watch for or treatment options to help keep them healthy.

More and more teeth!
Kittens have 26 teeth and when they become adults they have 30 teeth. Dental disease is the most prevalent disease in cats 3 years of age and older. Preventative dental care may help push off any need for dental cleaning procedures when started young. Bad breath may be the only sign of dental disease you see in your cat. Most of the time, their eating habits may not change at all.
 
 information gathered from: American Association of Feline Practioners
 
 

Laurel Hill Blog

Posted by lhvs on September 5, 2013