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Regular check-ups can help cats live long and healthy lives. Unfortunately, too many cats don't go to the veterinarian as often as they should-and some don't go at all. There are lots of benefits to taking your feline friend to the veterinarian at least once a year.
Annual wellness visits give your veterinarian the opportunity to detect health issues in the early stages. That's when they can be easier to treat, and the outcome can be better for your cat. Plus, it can be cheaper and take less time to treat a health condition that is caught sooner rather than later.
Obesity is a growing problem for cats, and it can lead to all sorts of health problems, such as joint pain, diabetes, and heart disease. During a regular visit, your veterinarian will weigh your cat and compare their weight to previous visits. If your cat is getting heavier, your veterinarian can recommend a healthy diet and exercise plan to nip the issue in the bud.
Regular visits to the veterinarian help ensure your cat receives all needed vaccines and that they stay up-to-date. Vaccines are important to preventing life-threatening diseases, like feline distemper and rabies. A wellness visit is also a great time to talk to your veterinarian about preventing parasites, like fleas and ticks as well as heartworms (yes, cats can get heartworms!).
Routine visits enable you to build a trusting relationship with your veterinarian. This can help you feel comfortable and confident reaching out to them when you have questions or concerns about your cat's health. After all, your veterinarian is the best resource when it comes to your cat. Not only are they experts in cat health, they know your particular cat's medical history.
Remember too that your veterinarian can help you with behavioral issues, like refusing to use the litterbox. They can rule out health conditions, such as a urinary tract infection, and offer tips on addressing the problem.
It can be a struggle to bring your cat to the veterinarian. Many cats will run and hide at the very sight of their carrier! While your cat may never learn to enjoy going to the veterinarian, routine visits can help familiarize them with the process. At the very least, they may get used to the idea and become less resistant to it over time.
With all of these benefits, why don't all cat parents take their purring pals to the veterinarian? There are plenty of excuses, but none of them should prevent you from providing your cat with essential routine medical care. Here are some examples:
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When you bring a cat into your home, you take full responsibility for them. This means providing them with essentials, such as food, water, a litterbox, interactive toys, and proper healthcare. Cats are a lot like our children, and we have to be prepared to do everything we can to keep them healthy, safe, and happy!
title: Why Your Cat Should Go to the Vet
author: Dr. Wendy Hauser