Our cats are important family members to us, and owing to, regular veterinarian visits need to be a part of their lives. Routine vet visits are significant for a number of reasons:
Microchipping: Responsible cat owners understand the importance of microchipping. Microchips are small computer chips (about the size of a grain of rice) that serve as an identification tag containing information about your cat. It’s an emotional thought to consider your cat getting lost, but it could happen for a variety of reasons. However, having your fluffy friend microchipped will help shelters and control offices reconnect you with your cat. Talk to your veterinarian about how microchipping works and can be a lifesaver.
- Diet and Exercise: The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that almost 58 percent of cats are overweight. Cat obesity may be generated from over-indulgence, biologically inappropriate food and too much of it, and lack of physical activity. Obesity is its own disease, but can also lead to other issues such as arthritis, diabetes, or hip dysplasia. Your vet is the best personal trainer for your cat and can advise you on exercise guidelines and dietary plans.
- Heartworm Medication: Heartworm disease has reached all fifty states and more than one million pets in the United States possess this disease, according to The American Heartworm Society. Heartworm is not just a dog disease. Like dogs, cats can contract heartworm through mosquito bites. Although most heartworms die before they mature due to the feline’s immune system, immature heartworms can permanently affect your cat’s health and ability to breathe. Heartworm disease in cats is common and indoor cats need protection too, with one in four cases of heartworm disease occurring in cats that live indoors. Cats need heartworm prevention and regular visits to the vet will accomplish that.
- Grooming: Grooming is more than having a pretty kitty. Cats may groom themselves, but taking them to the vet for a “spa day” takes care of potential health issues. Regular tooth brushing prevents periodontal disease. Nail trimming avoids overgrown nails and other painful conditions. Your vet can also teach you the safest way to perform these grooming techniques.