Many pet owners take their dog for regular veterinary check-ups, but not their cat, believing—wrongly—that cats are self-sufficient, and if they are not obviously sick or injured, they do not need veterinary care. However, cats are experts at hiding signs of illness, and only regular physical exams will pinpoint abnormalities that, if discovered and treated early, mean your cat has a much better prognosis and will not suffer needlessly.

Our chart below lists common misconceptions about cats—and the corresponding realities. Then, we provide for more details about the regular veterinary care that your cat needs.

Cats are good at hiding pain

Is your cat grumpy? We tend to attribute grouchiness and behavior changes to our cat’s mood, but often a change of attitude signals hidden pain. Skin problems can make cats more sensitive when petted, and mouth pain from tooth problems would make anyone unhappy. These and other painful issues can be impossible to pinpoint without a full physical exam at Gentle Touch Animal Hospital, along with indicated lab tests. 

Your cat may not cry out or whimper as a dog might. Usually, any sign is subtle, such as hiding, sleeping, or decreased grooming. At every exam visit, we will note such changes, and record important vitals that are hard to spot at home, such as weight gain or loss. Comparing our records at each exam helps us note changes that may indicate a health problem.

Despite your cat seeming healthy, regular physical exams are needed to prevent hidden pain. Our Feline Preventive Care Plans help provide all that your cat needs, while making the finances easier on you. 

Indoor cats need preventive care, too

If humans could jump like fleas, relative to body size, we could jump more than 900 feet. Your cat may stay indoors, but fleas from the outside environment can easily get into your home. External parasites not only suck your pet’s blood and make them itch, but they also pose a serious disease risk for cats. Regular exams and a custom parasite prevention plan that we will prepare will help keep your cat safe. In addition, many diseases that threaten your indoor-only cat can be prevented through vaccination. Together, we will design a custom plan for periodic vaccinations based on your cat’s individual lifestyle and risk. Whether your cat needs a parasite prevention, vaccination, or diet plan, or bloodwork, we have you covered. 

Vet care doesn’t have to stress your cat

You may have worked with treats and toys to make the carrier and car rides a fun part of everyday life since your cat was a kitten, but somehow they still resist the carrier and hate the car. Or worse—when they sense what’s up, they disappear and elude you altogether. Gentle Touch Animal Hospital is a cat-friendly, certified Fear Free practice. Our team knows special techniques and tools to use at home, before the car trip begins, and then in the exam room. Our gentle approach may include tempting treats, calming pheromones, and soothing music. If indicated, natural supplements or prescription medication can be used to help your cat’s anxiety.

We want your cat to like visiting us, and we can work with you to develop a custom behavior modification plan for your sensitive cat or kitten.

Regular feline vet visits will leave you and your cat smiling

Ask our caring Gentle Touch Animal Hospital team about regular veterinary visits for your feline family member. Since we love our feline patients, and are dedicated to keeping them happy and healthy, we know your cat will enjoy seeing us, and we may discover a hidden problem we can begin treating early. We know your cat will at least consent to put up with us—so they can hurry back to their important work as a grumpy internet personality. 

If your finicky feline is overdue for a check-up, parasite prevention, or vaccinations, contact us to schedule these important services.