The life expectancy of domestic cats has grown significantly in recent years. This is mainly due to improvements in their quality of life, healthier diets, greater supervision by their owners, and the introduction of monitoring programmes that help us detect any health problems early on. The quicker any change is detected, the sooner it can be treated. This lowers the health risk to our cats and helps them live longer, healthier lives.
That’s why vets insist we take our cats in for routine check-ups, and not just when symptoms are already showing—which makes any health issue much harder to treat. Young cats undergo vaccination and deworming programmes, and owners normally take advantage of these by having their cats thoroughly examined. But once your cat reaches the age of seven, it’s recommended that you take them to the vet on a regular basis to make sure they’re happy and healthy (at least once every six months).
During a routine check-up, vets will make sure that there are no signs of any of the illnesses that pose a risk to older cats. They pay close attention to the kidneys, and a simple, non-invasive test can be performed during the visit to check blood pressure. Owners can also collect a urine sample at home to bring in for testing. In addition, vets check for hyperthyroidism by feeling the cat’s neck and noting any symptoms present. They’ll check for signs of osteoarthritis, the presence of any tumours, changes in body weight, the general condition and appearance of teeth, mouth mucous, and fur, where a lack of cleanliness could indicate a change in your cat’s health. A blood sample may also be taken to perform analytical tests.
By taking your cat to the vet frequently and reading as much information as possible, you can spot any health issues early on and help your cat live a long, healthy, and happy life.
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