Every organism is constantly exposed to diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. Often, the very onset of the disease is asymptomatic or presents symptoms that are easy to overlook. Therefore, for the sake of our cats, we should monitor their health and well-being on an ongoing basis.
Regular preventive examinations allow the cat's health to be monitored and the disease diagnosed early. Diagnosing the disease at an early stage often allows for the rapid implementation of appropriate therapy, and thus delaying the development of the disease process, and even complete healing of the cat.
Constant contact with a veterinarian also allows you to check the validity of vaccinations, deworming status, as well as the general condition of the cat and the performance of routine activities (e.g. claw undercuts). It is also a good opportunity to seek advice on problems with our cat's overweight or behavior problems.
How often to do research?
The first visit with our new fluffy tenant at the vet should be within a week of the young cat's arrival at home. During the visit, the doctor will advise you on how to properly care for our cat, help in determining the right diet, and plan a vaccination and deworming calendar.
Adult cats should be tested at least once a year. It is a good opportunity to renew preventive vaccinations and periodic blood and urine tests. Above 7 years of age, when cats are starting to age, it is worth doing the tests more often, even 2-3 times a year.
Regardless of age, special attention should be paid to cats at risk of diseases for breed or individual reasons, e.g. severe childhood illnesses, e.g. „cat runny nose ", congenital defects of eyes, heart or liver, overweight and obesity, tendency to dysplasia, etc.
What preventive examinations ?
The basis is a general blood test, including complete blood count and basic biochemical indicators, as well as a urine test. From the blood count, you can get information about your hydration status, immune system function, possible infection or anemia, and blood clotting. Biochemical tests assess the work of individual organs, the level of hormones and electrolytes, and many other parameters, depending on the spectrum of the test performed. In certain cases, the doctor may order an X-ray, ECG or ultrasound imaging, detailed or profile examination (for a specific disease).
Of course, we should not stick to a rigid annual survey framework. If only something worries us about the behavior of our pet, it is always worth going to a veterinarian who will conduct basic tests.