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Why You Should Take Your Cat to the Vet!

At Gentle Touch Animal Hospital, we understand that prevention is truly the best medicine where the health and wellness of your cat is concerned. More often than not we hear “oh my cat hates the vet” or “my cat is fine”. Oftentimes, cat owners do not understand that they are extremely good at hiding symptoms of illness. It is a survival of the fittest mentality. That is why it is more important, not less important, to bring your cat in to the veterinarian at least once a year for a preventive exam. You vet will notice signs of illness well before your cat begins to show any symptoms. We will help you understand why you should take your cat to the vet!

A cat preventive care program consists of:

  • Annual or Semi-Annual Physical Examination that will examine your cat from nose to tail
  • Blood and urine analysis
  • Any necessary vaccines
  • Nutritional discussion

The focus of a preventive care program is to ensure that your cat is receiving everything they need to live a healthy life including proper diet, good hygiene and adequate stimulation, as well as early detection of any illness or disease that may be developing. In the fight against various feline diseases, early detection makes a significant difference in the scope and effectiveness of treatment. Most feline diseases are much easier to treat in the early stages, while some diseases can actually reach a point where treatment is no longer an option.

Cat Dentistry

One of the most overlooked facets of preventive care for cats is dentistry. Cats do not tell you when they have oral pain or discomfort.  In general, by four years of age, most cats have developed some dental or gingival disease that will require veterinary intervention. A thorough exam requires blood work to make sure he is safe to go under anesthesia and dental x-rays. The majority of dental disease in cats lies underneath the gum line. For this reason, x-rays are required to identify any disease that may be present in the tooth and the root of the tooth which may be a source of chronic pain. Some of the causes of dental disease and discomfort include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Loss
  • Mouth Sores and Ulcerstake my cat to the vet
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Resorptive Lesions (cavities)

A thorough cat teeth cleaning is something you should trust to your veterinarian every 6-12 months, but regular brushing can be performed in the comfort of your home. We would love to assist you in learning how to approach and brush your cat’s teeth. Many cats will tolerate daily teeth brushing if done in a gentle and respectful manner. You can also help facilitate excellent cat health by providing toys and treats formulated to help strengthen and/or clean your cat’s teeth and gums.

 

Flea & Tick Prevention For Cats

No insects are as troublesome to you and your cat as fleas and ticks. Our climate is changing here in Colorado and we are seeing more of them than ever. Fleas can cause severe skin irritation and can infest your home if you do not have a good preventive plan. While less common than fleas, ticks can transmit dangerous and even deadly diseases. Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk for fleas and ticks, as these parasites can thrive in almost all geographic locations.

This is why flea and tick prevention is a cornerstone of comprehensive preventive care for cats. It is important to be aware that there are numerous products on the market that our Veterinarians would strongly suggest you avoid. Every year, our veterinarians review all available flea and tick products to ensure that our recommendations are as up to date as possible. Our considerations include safety, effectiveness and cost. Based on these factors we will work with you to customize a parasite prevention plan for your pets and family. As part of the preventive care for your cat, we will help you choose the safest, most effective parasite products.

 

Cat Nutrition

Raising a healthy cat depends heavily on the type and amount of food they consume on a daily basis. Low quality cat food, and treats high in fat or carbohydrates can negatively affect many aspects of your feline friend’s health. Feline obesity is the most common health problem we see in our otherwise healthy cat patients. Developing a nutritional plan from an early age which includes a diet selection, a feeding plan and exercise plan is the best way to avoid feline obesity. Cats will have different nutritional requirements during each stage of their lives which include:

  • Kittens
  • Adult Cats
  • Senior Cats
  • In addition, there are health conditions which will require special diets

 

Your veterinarian can help determine if your cat is following a healthy diet, and also help formulate one tailored to your cat’s needs, lifestyle and current condition including prescribed feeding frequency and serving size. In general, we recommend high quality dry food as the primary source of nutrition.  Most cats will overeat if allowed to free feed. Remember, your cat will not tell you if they are full, nor can they make positive nutritional changes themselves. Therefore, you must take control of their dietary program, in order to ensure their health and wellness throughout every stage of life.

As always, contact Gentle Touch Animal Hospital with any questions or concerns. We are here for you. staff@gentletouchanimalhospital.com or 303.691.3720. You can also visit this site  at Cornell University.