Cats are not big fans of the trips to the clinic. Despite the rather vocal protests from your cat, it is important to arrange a medical checkup at least once each year even if your cat appears to be in perfect health.
For cats that are 8 years of age and older, the medical examination should preferably take place once in 6 months.
The visits can be combined with the yearly vaccination boosters.
Here is what the veterinary doctor will do in the yearly medical checkup:
- Discuss the cat's diet and possible health concerns;
- Examine the cat's ears for infections and allergies;
- Listen to the lungs and heart;
- Check the abdomen for tumors, bladder stones and kidney problems;
- Look into the cat's mouth for infected gums, loose teeth, objects stuck between teeth, tumors and tooth decay;
- Inspect the eyes;
- Examine the paws and toenails for pad injuries, cuts, punctures or irritation;
- Weigh the cat;
- Take the cat's temperature;
- Check for fleas and advise you on how to get rid of them, if necessary;
- Give the necessary vaccinations.