Why Your Cat Needs Regular Veterinary Care
It’s easy to understand how cat owners might assume they don’t need to see the vet because their pet seems relatively healthy. Unfortunately, infrequent veterinary attention could leave dangerous cat illnesses like FHIV or diabetes undiagnosed. Cats might miss their required vaccination appointments and in some cases, subtle signs of a health decline may go unnoticed. Indoor cats are particularly likely to miss important vet visits because their owners assume they don’t come into contact with any hazardous situations.
Your cat needs well visits at least once a year. A licensed veterinarian will check him for bumps, lesions, breathing problems, and other signs of illness. They’ll likely weigh him, noting any changes, and talk to you about any behavioral issues. Crucially, they can administer vaccines for entirely preventable feline diseases that may help keep your cat healthy, longer.
Let’s get you caught up.
What to do if Your Cat Hates the Vet
A lot of cats suffer from travel anxiety. For many cats, the only time they’re ever outside the house is when they’re on the way to the vet; the learned dread of an impending medical exam can add to an already stressful situation. Cats who hate the vet might vocalize, scratch, try to run, cower, or hiss. These anxiety-induced behaviors can be traumatic for your cat – and for you! – and make it difficult for the vet to properly evaluate him.
What can you do? If your cat truly, passionately HATES the vet, here are some suggestions.
Try an in-home veterinary service
Reputable at-home vet services like Vetted PetCare make seeing the vet far more convenient and much less stressful. When your cat can be examined, tested, and even vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian at home, he gets to skip the stressful car ride and anxiety-inducing waiting room. You get peace of mind that your cat’s being professionally examined while your cat never has to leave the comfort of home.
Schedule video follow-ups
In addition to in-home pet care, some qualified veterinarians also offer video or voice chat follow-up visits. These can be particularly helpful for situations where a cat’s progress needs to be monitored by a vet such as after a surgery or if you have concerns about an ongoing behavioral issue like pica.
Develop a relationship with a vet
One of the best things you can do to reduce the anxiety around seeing the vet is to establish a relationship with a specific veterinarian early on. When your cat sees the same face year after year, he’s bound to feel more comfortable being medically examined.
At the end of the day, ensuring your cat is regularly examined by a veterinarian is the most important thing. Even if vet visits are stressful, they’re ultimately in the best interest of your cat’s health. Aim for at least one well visit a year for the life of your pet.
Is it past time for your cat’s next appointment?