Why Preventive Care is Worth it.

Your cat and the Veterinarian

80% of owners assume their cats are not only self-sufficient, but in excellent health.1

And, 33% of owners only take their pet to the veterinarian if it’s sick.2 This is too bad because regular veterinarian care can help prevent many health problems from happening in the first place. And, other health conditions can be caught early, when they may be easier and less expensive to treat, as well as preventing suffering for your cat.

Benefits of Preventive Care

Prevent painful dental disease

Regular dental care help can keep your cat’s mouth healthy and pain free and prevent inflammation in other parts of their bodies.

Avoid serious diseases

Even indoor-only cats can be at risk for dangerous disease. Regular vaccinations can help keep them protected.

Eliminate behaviour problems

Too many cats are surrendered to shelters because of behaviour problems such as not using the litter box, which may be easy to fix.

Prevent parasites

Internal and external parasites can make cats miserable, and may pose risks for family members. With regular treatment, you can help prevent fleas, ticks, mites, heartworms and intestinal parasites from harming your cat.

Avoid weight problems

Your veterinarian can counsel you on the right diet and feeding amounts to help protect your cat from obesity and associated health problems, including diabetes and liver disease.

Help promote longevity

As cats age, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism and other diseases are more common. Regular exams can help your veterinarian identify these conditions early so that progression can be slowed or managed.

Get the Most out of each Veterinary Visit

Because you play an active role in your cat’s healthcare, it’s important to tell your veterinarian about anything that may affect healthcare decisions. Make a list of your concerns and consider the following questions as well.

  • Have you noticed any changes in your cat since your last visit?
  • Does your cat go outside or have contact with any other animals?
  • Does your cat go to boarding facilities or to the groomer?
  • Are there any other pets in the home?
  • Are there people with compromised immune systems in the home?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your cat’s behaviour or temperament?
  • Has your cat urinated or defecated somewhere in the house other than in the litter box?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your cat’s appetite or weight?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your cat’s water consumption?
  • Does your cat have trouble chewing or have bad breath?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your cat’s activity level?
  • Is your cat more vocal?

Before you go

Here are some steps you can take to help make the trip to the veterinarian less stressful for you and your cat:

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