The importance of regular vet check-ups for cats

Even if you keep a close eye on your cat's health it’s a good idea to take them to the vet for an annual wellness and cat health check-up.
The importance of regular vet check-ups for cats
The importance of regular vet check-ups for cats
The importance of regular vet check-ups for cats

The importance of regular vet check-ups for cats

General cat health

You already take your fluffy friend to the vet when they’re sick or injured but those appointments tend to focus mainly on one particular issue. ‘Check-up’ visits, on the other hand, work on the principle of ‘prevention is better than cure’ and they’re important to keep your cat healthy and prevent certain diseases.

Your vet will want to check your cat over thoroughly at least once a year and more frequently as they get older or if they have special medical needs. This appointment will take an all-inclusive approach, making sure your cat is examined from their whiskers to the tip of their tail.

Another advantage of these annual check-ups is to get your cat used to visiting the vet surgery when they’re well and this can help them form a bond with your vet. If they only visit when they’re hurt or ill they can become nervous, associating their trips with bad times or stressful experiences. It’s a good idea to pop into the vet practice every so often, even if it’s just for a flea check. The receptionists and vet nurses will always welcome a stroke as you pass by, and it will create a positive memory with no prodding and poking involved!

Another advantage of these annual check-ups is to get your cat used to visiting the vet surgery when they’re well and this can help them form a bond with your vet. If they only visit when they’re hurt or ill they can become nervous, associating their trips with bad times or stressful experiences. It’s a good idea to pop into the vet practice every so often, even if it’s just for a flea check. The receptionists and vet nurses will always welcome a stroke as you pass by, and it will create a positive memory with no prodding and poking involved!

Cat vaccinations

Yearly cat vaccinations are important to help prevent your cat getting certain diseases including: cat flu (feline herpes virus, calici virus), feline enteritis (feline parvovirus), feline leukaemia virus and feline chlamydophila (a bacteria causing conjunctivitis). They will also need a rabies vaccination if you plan to take your cat out of the UK as part of the ‘Pet Passport’ scheme. For more information on taking foreign journeys with your cat, read our article on travelling with your cat.

Fleas, ticks and worms

Another situation where prevention is better than cure is the control of fleas, ticks and worms. Remember that fleas, or at least their larvae, can live year-round in your home and garden and ticks can transmit nasty diseases and many cat illnesses. Ask your vet for their advice on how to avoid parasites as well as tape and roundworm. You can also find more in-depth information on our page for treating fleas and ticks on your cat.

Cat Vaccinations
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Your vet will also have a good look at your cat's teeth to see if there are any signs of dental problems. Cats are notoriously bad about telling owners of their aches and pains so it’s a good idea to use your check-up to get a professional opinion. Dental disease is common in cats, especially as they get older, so even if your fluffy friend hasn’t complained about their painful teeth they may still need to have dental procedures performed. You can also chat to your vet about home dental care and how you can help keep your cat’s teeth clean, as well as following the advice on our page about caring for your cat’s teeth.
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