Cat Healthy Protocols

05- The Comprehensive Physical Examination

A thorough physical examination is critically important both for preventive care and for the diagnosis of illness. For sick cats, the examination findings along with the medical history should provide the basis for a list of problems and differential diagnoses, which may then be refined through diagnostic testing.

At a minimum, every cat should be examined at least once yearly. After 8 years of age, twice yearly examinations are recommended as changes may occur more quickly and age-associated disease is more common.

Key points for the feline physical examination include:

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Resources

AAFP/ISFM Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines:
Cathealthy.ca/catvetshandling