It is a common misconception that cats, especially indoor cats, don’t need to see a veterinarian as often as dogs. While cats are typically quite self-sufficient, they are not free from illness, pain and should be seen regularly by someone with a trained eye to spot these signs early. Cats are notorious for hiding signs of pain and illness very well, so it is a good idea to have them seen by your vet yearly. Your vet can spot things such as arthritis in ageing cats, ear and eye infections, and dental issues, to name a few examples.
While indoor cats may require fewer vaccinations than an outdoor cat, there are still core vaccines that are necessary for the health of your pet. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia are a few vaccines that are required for indoor and outdoor cats. Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are more commonly referred to as the “Cat Flu” and can cause upper respiratory infections. Panleukopenia is a highly contagious, severe gastrointestinal infection most commonly referred to as “Feline Distemper.”
Seeing a vet at least once a year can help prevent many conditions from developing and maintain your cats’ health for many years. While it may seem like a hassle or even an unnecessary expense, remember that prevention costs less than treatment. If you notice any sudden changes in your pet’s behaviour or habits, you should book an appointment with your vet as soon as possible, as they may be early warning signs.
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Written by: Torbay Road Animal Hospital