Cat Health Problems Exam by Roberta Lilich

cats are incredible animals and wonderful pets for more than 10 years the number of cats as pets in the US has surpassed that of dogs and their popularity continues to grow it's easy to see why cats are really smart they're fun to be with they're athletic and attentive and for the most part they're self grooming and bark free so why is it the cats don't visit the veterinarian as frequently as dogs there's no single answer a lot of people think that their cats are ok and that cats can take care of themselves the truth is they do need our help cats develop many of the same medical problems as dogs like dental disease parasites weight problems even arthritis they're also prone to urinary and kidney problems diabetes and thyroid problems but have you ever seen a cat limping or out of breath or drinking lots of water probably not since the signs of cat illness are often very subtle and difficult to recognize that is until the problem is quite advanced some people think that getting their cats of the veterinarian is a challenge that's why it's important to get your cat comfortable with their carrier and have it be a fun and safe environment for them using treats or toys as methods to get them used to the carrier visit catalyst Council org to learn some tips and get your cat comfortable with their carrier before you need to bring them in to the veterinarian it's important to have your veterinarian perform a thorough physical exam on your pet at least once a year cats age much faster than people in fact one cat year is comparable to about four or more years in our lives in fact the first year of a kitten's life is the same as a person growing from an infant to a teenager that's why the American Association of feline practitioners recommends twice yearly wellness exams even for healthy cats your cat has specific and individual needs at each stage of their life diet parasite prevention and vaccinations according to age and lifestyle should be tailored to your individual cat during the exam your veterinarian will look at your cat's teeth and gums examine their eyes look into their ear canals listen to their heart in their lungs palpate the abdomen to assess their organs and check for any abnormalities they will also feel all over your cat's body to detect any unusual growths it's important to catch these early when they're still small and generally have a better prognosis even if everything looks and sounds and feels okay it's important to do periodic diagnostic testing of your cat's urine blood and feces to help detect hidden and early-stage problems when they can be more easily managed our cats are good for us so we really need to make sure that we're good to them and take them to the veterinarian regularly to learn more about your cat's health ask your veterinarian about the live stage wellness guidelines from the American Association feline practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association or visit the catalyst Council website and click on the resources tab where you will find links to organizations who are committed to ensuring that all cats are valued and well cared for his pets I'm dr. Roberto lilyc this message was brought to you by the catalyst Council cats are valued and cared for

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