This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Royal Canin®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is August 22nd, 2017.
Surveys have shown that nearly 1 in 10 cat owners never take their pet to the veterinarian. You can expect the following on your pets first visit:
- Some poking and prodding. Your veterinarian will feel your cat’s body from nose to tail, noting any bumps or lumps, feeling its muscles and inspecting its coat. She’ll check inside its ears, looking for signs of infection or external parasites such as fleas, ticks, ear mites or ringworm. The examination will also help the veterinarian note whether your cat is overweight or obese.
- A closer inspection on the front end. Your veterinarian will inspect the inside of your cat’s mouth. Dental problems can portend broader health issues such as infections or eating disorders. At look at your cat’s oral health can reveal tumors, loose teeth, or infected gums.
- A closer inspection on the back end. Yes, expect your vet to take your cat’s temperature, rectally. This simple act can immediately alert to a potential underlying health issues that might otherwise be masked. In some cases, your veterinarian may want to do a urine test as well, which can reveal problems with kidney performance and bladder health. Finally, she might also want a stool sample in order to check for internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms or microbes such as Giardia or Coccidia.
- A good listening to. Expect your veterinarian to pull out the stethoscope and listen to your cat’s heart and lungs, an exam that can reveal problems with your cat’s heartbeat or respiratory issues. Your vet will want to listen to you, too: What questions do you have? Have you observed any new behaviors in your cat that have puzzled you? Has her diet or eating habits changed? What kind of exercise does she get?
- Diet changes. Consult your veterinarian about any changes in your senior cat’s eating habits. Unwanted weight gain or loss at this stage in your cat’s life could indicate a health issue. Your veterinarian should be involved in any decision to make a change to a mature cat’s diet.
- Mobility changes. Can your cat still easily reach his food and water dishes, his bedding and his litter box? Can he easily get in and out of it? It’s not uncommon for older cats to sle ep more, but it’s also not a bad idea to try and engage them in periods of activity to promote muscle tone and mental stimulation. Watch, too, for your cat’s ability to groom himself. Matted fur can lead to skin odor and cat dander.
- The eyes, ears and mouth. Older cats tend to experience more dental disorders, which can impair their eating and cause significant pain. As they age, cats can experience hearing and vision loss as well.
- Other behavioral changes. Some older cats may cry in the night. They may relate differently, somehow, to the people they see regularly. Alert your veterinarian to such changes.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Royal Canin. The opinions and text are all mine.