Bringing a new cat home is such a fun and exciting time for your entire family. Naturally, there are many new “first” experiences for your feline friend – meeting the family, getting accustomed to the new home, and your first trip to the veterinarian. Veterinary visits for cats are an important and essential part of your cat’s well-being. However, whether you are a new or seasoned cat owner, it might be hard to detect if your cat actually needs to seek medical care. Because of this, we sat down with Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to further discuss veterinary visits for cats and the most important visit of them all.
Necessary veterinary visits for cats and kittens of all ages
What age should a kitten first go to the vet?
Kittens need proper medical care and supervision from early on. “Kittens should see a veterinarian after adoption. For example, vaccines, deworming, and general husbandry questions can be addressed. Also, if you’re caring for a kitten without a mother and that requires bottle-feeding, definitely talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Bottle-fed kittens require round the clock care,” states Halvorsen. In addition, by scheduling a veterinary visit early on they can answer any questions or concerns you might have and you can have the peace of mind that your new furry friend is healthy.
What veterinary visits are a priority for cat owners?
Whether your feline friend is under the weather or it’s time for your yearly wellness exam, all veterinary visits are an opportunity to check in with your veterinarian. Likewise, Halvorsen weighs in on the value of veterinary visits for cats, “cat owners should take their cats to the vet annually for wellness checks. For example, when cats are kittens or seniors they tend to require more frequent trips to the veterinarian for vaccines or to monitor an existing health issue.”
The importance of a general wellness exam for cats
The general wellness exam is so much more than a weight check-in or a vaccine update for your furry friend. For example, it can help indicate if something more is going on. “Animals cannot verbalize any issues they may be having in the same way we can. Therefore, it is important to take them to the veterinarian annually for a check-up! Also, it is important to notate changes in your cat’s behavior, eating, or bathroom habits, as it can indicate health issues,” says Halvorsen. Further, no cat behavior change is too small to seek medical care. If you have any cause for concern for your feline friend, seek immediate veterinary care.
Common cat claimed conditions
We sat down with our Trupanion data team to look at the most commonly claimed conditions for Trupanion cat owners. Consider the following:
Vomiting and diarrhea
Urinary tract infections
Veterinary visits for cats: important for the health and wellness of your feline friends
Whether you have a curious kitten or a loyal senior, your cat’s wellness is a priority despite their age or breed. By checking in with your veterinarian and keeping up to date with yearly wellness exams, your feline friend can continue to grow, develop, and thrive for your years to come.
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