Unlike us, cats can’t tell us when something isn’t feeling right. We have to watch for a sign that something is wrong. Being such creatures of routine, often the first sign that your cat is sick is simply a change in their day to day habits. Unfortunately, this often goes unnoticed and by the time it is obvious that something is wrong, a minor problem has become a major illness.
That is why it is so important to have your cat examined regularly, at least yearly and more often for the very young and the elderly cats.
Regular examinations should be a thorough assessment of all body systems. The mouth should be examined for evidence of dental disease, growths or sores. The eyes and ears should be examined with a special instrument to assess vision, infections, or other problems. A stethoscope should be used to listen to the heart and lungs to rule out heart disease, murmurs, abnormal beats, and diseases of the lungs and breathing. The abdomen should be thoroughly palpated for evidence of tumors, constipation, pain, or other abnormalities. The skin and hair coat should be evaluated for parasites, growths, and changes in grooming. Movement is evaluated for evidence of bone, muscle, nerve or joint disease.
Regular, complete physical examinations are the single most important thing you can do for the health and well being of your cat. Schedule your cat’s examination today.