There are more cats than dogs in the U.S. yet they are getting less than half the veterinary care of canines. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this phenomenon including: the ability of cats to hide signs of illness, difficulty getting cats into carriers, and the myth of feline self-sufficiency.
There are many health considerations for cats and it is important that a qualified veterinarian does a check-up on your feline friend on a regular basis. Your vet will want to check on nutrition, weight issues, behavioral issues, dental care, parasites, vaccinations, and many other common cat concerns. Without regular check-ups, many of these issues can turn into problems resulting in chronic diseases that have a long term affect on both you and your fluffy family member.
So, how often should you take your cat to the veterinarian? Vets recommend semi-annual appointments for cats. While this may seem overly cautious, it is important in order to detect issues early on when the options for resolution are much better. Also, cats often do not show signs of illness and your vet is best suited to detect when there is a problem. Vet’s also recommend at-home exams and can provide you with the tools you need to keep a close eye on your cat. Always ask your vet and animal technicians for the most common things to check for at home.