When your dog is sick, he’ll typically make it obvious that something is wrong, but your cat? Cats — still genetically wild animals — are different. They’re still hard wired to hide their problems, illnesses and injuries.
This can make it tough for cat owners to figure out when their beloved feline is in need of a trip to the pet doctor, making their “regular health check ups” even more important.
We sat down with our resident board certified feline specialist, Dr. Helen Tuzio, to get more information for cat parents about when their cat needs to take a trip to the vet’s office.
“It is ideal for younger cats to see the veterinarian twice a year,” says Tuzio, “but once they hit 10 years old, these bi-annual visits become critical.” This is because aging changes start at about age 8 in domesticated cats.
In addition to seeing your vet twice a year, here’s the one warning that your cat needs to be seen right away:
Your cat changes his or her behavior in ANY way.
- Laying in a different space;
- Appetite changes, either decreased or increased;
- Drinking behavior changes;
- Changes in the litter box; or
- Using a chair to jump onto the table, instead of jumping straight up.
“Cats are creatures of habit, so if they start doing something different, even SUBTLE changes, they need to see the vet.” Tuzio warns.
We know that cats tend to dislike everything about the trip to the vet’s office, but our zen atmosphere, longer appointment times and — now— an on-staff board certified feline specialist make Advanced Animal Care Center the purrrrfect place to bring your cat.