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How Long Has It Been Since You Last Took Your Cat To The Veterinarian?

By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness, Cats

Cats are the most popular pet in America. However, many owners do not take their pet to the veterinarian as often as they should. Maybe that is because most cats are on a 3-year vaccination schedule, so their owners don’t think to bring them in for an annual exam.

However, consider that cats “age” an equivalent of 15-24 “human” years in the first 24 months of life, and each year after they age approximately 4 years for every calendar year. If your kitty only goes to the veterinarian one time before two years of age, it would be like a human graduating college with only a single checkup!  If you are only taking your cat in every 3 years for vaccines… it would be like waiting 12 human years for annual exams, medical checkups, and dental care!

Another reason owners don’t bring their cats in regularly is because many cat diseases are very subtle. In the wild, cats are low on the food chain, which means they instinctually hide any symptoms of illness, so they are less vulnerable to predators. Even healthy-looking domestic cats can be suffering from the early stages of metabolic problems involving the kidney, liver, or thyroid. These seemingly healthy cats may act and eat normally, while a dangerous medical condition slowly gets worse. If your beloved kitty suddenly gets very sick, they may have developed a serious illness and need the immediate attention of a veterinarian.

The veterinarians at CEDARCREST Animal Clinic are trained to detect many of the subtle changes or abnormalities that you might miss at home. We also perform screening tests during your cat’s checkups. Basic screenings are important for identifying issues before they progress into more serious conditions. Early intervention for identified medical problems will actually be less expense and help avoid costly hospitalizations.

If you can’t remember the last time you brought your cat in for a checkup and preventative screening, it’s probably been too long!  Call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577 and schedule an appointment today.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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