You know your cat better than anyone and your veterinarian needs to know what you know about your cat's behavior and any changes that have occurred since the last exam. The vet will appreciate it, the cat will benefit from it, and you will feel better for it.
You are your cat's best health care advocate.
Examine your cat everyday. Groom her, gently run your hands over her head, body, legs, paws and tail. Notice the eyes, nose, teeth, gums, claws. Notice any changes in general behavior, food and water consumption, litter box activity, vocalization, her general energy level as well as fearful or anxious behavior. In other words, really get to know your cat so that you and your veterinarian can tailor a unique wellness plan for your special cat.
Keep a wellness journal.
Happy Cats recommends that you keep a wellness journal and document the results of each nose-to-tail examination. Take the journal with you when visiting the veterinary practice and refer to it rather than relying on memory. It’s a good idea to include your cat’s interests, dislikes, and behavior patterns.
Regular wellness exams provide the best opportunity to catch problems before they become serious.
Cats age much faster than we do and it's essential to their well being that we notice any any changes that might indicate health problems. That means the cat should have annual wellness exams if less than 8 years old, and about every 6 months if older. Of course each cat is unique and your veterinarian may suggest a different schedule based on your cat's specific needs.
Remember, a healthy cat is a happy cat!
Let's do all we can to give our cat the best life possible. It will keep your cat happy and you will be happier too.