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Adult Cat Preventative Care
At Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak, we recognize that cats are not “tiny dogs” and understand that it can sometimes be difficult to bring a cat to a veterinary hospital. The sights, sounds, and smells can be disturbing to a cat even under the best of circumstances. It is our goal to provide a hospital where your kitty will feel comfortable and be able to receive the quality veterinary care they deserve in a calm, quiet, and supportive environment.
Keep your cat healthy with Routine Wellness Exams
It is our recommendation that all adult cats have thorough nose-to-tail examination at least twice each year, regardless of whether vaccinations are due. Your feline’s weight and physical condition will be recorded and, if needed, changes in diet will be discussed. We will evaluate your cat’s mouth and teeth to see whether a dental cleaning or other oral care is required. It’s also important to note that even if your cats spend all of their time indoors, they need regular check-ups, too. Wellness exams enable our veterinarians to obtain a baseline measurement of your pet’s weight, internal organ function, and other vital information that is beneficial in early detection of any potential health problem.
In addition, a small blood sample may be collected for a blood profile to assess liver, kidney, pancreas, thyroid, and other organ and system functions. This will enable our veterinarians to detect early signs of disease, many times before clinical symptoms are even present. Your kitty also will be screened for internal and external parasites, including fleas and intestinal worms, and prevention will be discussed.
At Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak, we believe in carefully evaluating our patients’ lifestyles to determine which vaccines are appropriate based upon their specific risk factors. Our veterinarians will recommend the vaccinations that are appropriate for your cat to ensure his or her optimal health. All cats should receive vaccinations against common feline diseases, which include feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and rabies. Cats that visit the outdoors or have contact with cats that visit the great outdoors may require vaccination against two incurable diseases Feline Leukemia and FIV. Whether your cat will need certain vaccinations depends largely upon his or her lifestyle. We are happy to discuss your cat’s particular risk factors with you and customize a vaccination protocol that is specifically appropriate for your kitty.
We are dedicated to meeting the special health needs of cats. Chief among these is the blood-borne parasite infection known as heartworm disease. Most pet owners know about the dangers that heartworms pose to dogs. However, cats are just as susceptible to getting heartworms. Even if your cat stays inside at all times, he or she is still at risk. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit the microfilaria (the baby heartworms) that cause this deadly disease. By providing your feline with heartworm preventive, you will not only be protecting them, but also ensuring your family’s safety as well. We recommend Revolution to protect your cat from heartworms and other parasites.
Pet Dental Care
During each wellness appointment, your cat’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity will be closely examined to determine whether any dental issues have developed. The majority of cats over the age of 3 have some degree of dental disease, which could eventually lead to more serious conditions. Just as with humans, the earlier dental care is provided, the better for the patient’s comfort and overall well-being.
Since cats are carnivores, they need meat protein as the largest part of their daily diets. As kittens grow into adult cats and eventually become seniors, their caloric and nutritional needs will change accordingly. That’s why it is so important to monitor and record your cat’s weight and overall health on a regular basis to ensure that his or her diet is appropriate for his or her level of activity and age. Unexplained weight loss is one of the most common early symptoms of disease.
After cats have been spayed or neutered, their metabolic need for calories generally decreases. They require a smaller amount of food and fewer calories to maintain their lean body mass. Many people find it convenient to leave food out for their cats all the time, allowing them to eat as much and as often as they desire. Often, this is the beginning of a lifetime of obesity. Obesity is a serious problem among pets, and it can lead to chronic health problems which include heart disease, diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, and arthritis.
An easy way to help control your cat’s caloric intake is to schedule meals two to three times daily with a preset portion size rather than free feeding throughout the day. Not only will this benefit their health, it also provides an additional opportunity to reinforce that special bond between you and your feline companion.
Our veterinarians are happy to provide nutritional counseling to help you determine the diet best suited to your pet’s particular needs. Should your cat need a specially formulated diet to aid in disease management, we maintain a large inventory of Royal Canin specialty diets in our hospital for your convenience.
At Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak, we highly recommend that our clients microchip their cats so that their pet will have some type of permanent identification. It’s a simple procedure, and it is the best way to ensure that your cat will find his or her way back to you should he or she somehow become lost.
Keeping an Eye on Your Feline
One of the best ways to ensure good cat health is to be observant at home. It’s also a good idea to be aware of any changes in your cat’s behavior or appearance. Pay special attention to any changes in your cat’s appetite, activity level, water consumption, or grooming behavior. If you notice these or any other changes in your cat’s behavior that may be of concern, please contact us.