Here at Cat Specialist, we truly believe in the importance of preventative care as a way to keep cats healthy.
Routine examinations are an important part of good health. Our veterinarians need to keep a close eye on your cat to make sure that he or she remains healthy. It is also a good time to make sure that your cat is maintaining a good weight.
Routine examinations also give us a good baseline, in case your cat ever gets sick. It is also helpful to have routine blood work so that we have a look at your cat’s values before he or she is not feeling well.
Our veterinarians will examine your cat thoroughly with routine visits. They are looking for any potential problems and they hope to find a problem before it becomes quite serious. If you didn’t realize your cat was ill, his or her condition could get worse, making it harder to figure out what is wrong. It may take a lot more time, tests, and money. Often, the longer you wait, the harder it can be to treat.
We also use this time to talk to you about your cat and his or her habits. You may have some concerns that you need to talk about. We may also hear something that makes us want to investigate further to make sure that there is no problem.
General Recommendations to Help Your Cat Stay Healthy!
1. Create a safe environment for your indoor cat. "Cat proofing" your house keeps your friend from getting into everything: string, yarn, medicines, chemicals, cosmetics, plants, etc. Outdoor cats are exposed to much more: mosquitoes, fleas, cars, wild animals, internal/external parasites, coyotes, foxes, birds of prey, and other diseases carried by stray cats and dogs. Special precautions need to be taken for pets that go outdoors. For information on household dangers (toxic chemicals, plants, foods. etc.) consider downloading the ASPCA Poison Control app on your phone: www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/apcc-mobile-app
2. Nutrition is key at each life stage, and as your feline matures, adjustments are needed to accommodate nutritional requirements. A food company must demonstrate extensive scientific research by nutritionists, feedings trials, and a reputation of excellence to get our recommendation. Purina and Royal Canin have a proven track record of outstanding products that are nutritionally balanced and carefully manufactured with the health of the total cat in mind. Some other companies use catchy phrasing or misleading terms to influence food sales, so please speak with our team because we truly are dedicated to the health and welfare of your cat. We make diet recommendations by carefully evaluation the balance and quality of the foods.
3. Get your cat microchipped. If they are ever lost you have a greater chance of getting them back. Without microchipping recovery is difficult.
4. Get your cat tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses.
5. Keep your cat fully vaccinated and dewormed. These two procedures give superior immunity against killing and disabling diseases.
6. Dental disease is the most common infection seen in cats and the number one cause of premature death in the cat. Annual dental exams are one of the most important things you can do for your cat.
7. Grooming, play, and feeding are the three best ways to bond with your cat. Quiet time with petting and rubbing your feline friend is essential in gaining trust and affection.
8. Getting your kitten spayed/neutered will prevent disease, stop unwanted litters, and actually increase the lifespan of your pet.
9. Treat this little life with respect and kindness and your time and efforts will be rewarded with love and loyalty for a lifetime.
10. Thinking about a total health plan will prevent pain, suffering, and expensive medical bills. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
If you have any questions about preventative care or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 303-663-2287.