Keep your cat in tip top health by taking them to the vet every year. Your vet will be able to rule out any medical conditions as well as making sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.
Getting the medical all clear
In addition to examining your cat regularly at home for early signs of illness, it’s also a good idea to take them to the vet for an annual check up.
This can be crucial when trying to detect subtle changes in your pet's health. Cats are prone to hiding an illness until it becomes debilitating. If your cat is elderly or has special medical needs, you may need to see the vet more frequently.
Your vet will want to check;
- Vaccination status, making sure your cat's up to date for feline flu, enteritis, leukaemia, chlamydia and rabies (if you are planning to travel)
- Your cat’s weight and general body condition
- Your cat’s heart and respiratory rates
- Parasite control
- Discuss the latest flea and tick control products, as flea pupae can live all year - round in your home. You should treat monthly with a product recommended by your vet.
- Worming routine. This should be every three months, again after veterinary recommendation
- Behaviour and personality
- Dental care - It may be time for dental cleaning, carried out under anaesthesia
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.