There is no general recommended number of times your kitty should visit a vet. The frequency of visit would depend on a number of factors around your pet: their health, age, weight and sex. Ideally, a healthy adult domestic cat should visit the vet once a year while younger cats or kittens should see their vet more than once. This is particularly so because kittens require vaccines and their follow up boosters to ensure they are growing well and protected from plagues that attack young cats if they are not properly and adequately vaccinated. Here a number of reasons indoor cats may visit the vet.
When You Suspect Your Cat Has Health Issues
Healthy cats will visit the vet less frequently than sickly ones. It is important to observe your pet and understand the physical or behavioral changes in them. For example, is kitty losing a lot of weight? A domestic cat that is losing a lot of weight, gives its keeper enough grounds to worry and initiate an instant visit to the vet. Sudden uncontrolled bowel movements, vomiting or diarrhea, are also enough reason to visit the vet. Also, unusual emotional or behavioral changes observed is enough reason to initiate a visit. Do not just ignore these changes. Lurking behind them may just be a very serious ailment affecting the health and wellbeing of your cat and this could be life-threatening. So, if you are someone who is very observant and cares a lot for your pet, you should not treat these warning signs with levity.
When You Take Your Cat On Routine Medical Check-ups
All animals including humans have typical frequency of check-ups with their physician. For a healthy domestic cat, it is generally recommended that they visit the vet at least once a year. Anything outside this, should be triggered by signs in your pet suggesting that something may be seriously wrong. If you are in doubt, it is better not to resort to using your discretion to administer any form of treatment on your canine friend even when advised by a fellow pet keeper who is not a professional veterinarian to do so. Veterinarian advice are available on some animal care websites, however, visiting a vet for your pet’s examination or having the vet come over to your home to do this is more advisable.
When You Are Having Problems Domesticating Your Cat
Cats do have traditional taming techniques employed by their new keepers to ensure they fully acclimatise in their new habitat. If you have challenges making your new friend feel at home or adjusting to an unusual environment, then it is time you visit a vet for advice. There could be something you are doing wrong which is not consistent with your cat’s normal life-style. If it is so, expect some resistance to domestication by your new pet. You may be a new comer at keeping a cat pet. Don’t just keep learning by trial and error, take a personal approach specifically suitable for your new pet. You could have also been a previous dog owner, willing to keep a cat. Approaches to keeping these animals are different. If you are domesticating a cat the same way you do a dog, expect some difficulty.
There is no such thing as a quick-fix when it comes to taming animals. The vet could decide to keep your kitty for a few days to give him or her enough time to examine or discharge it before offering useful advice on better handling and domestication. Patience, perseverance and understanding does it all. A story was told of a cat pet lover who mistakenly brought a rare species of baby tiger home instead of a domestic cat. It took the advice of a vet to make him realize his new pet was not a cat. This is why it is always advisable to make use of a specialist when in doubt.
When Your Cat Has Nutritional Issues
The vet is not just your pet’s physician, he is also their dietician. If your cat is not eating as much at is should or is rejecting the usual type of food common to its specie or even not eating at all, then a visit to the vet would not be a bad idea. The problem may not be the food itself, the problem could just be loss of appetite caused by ill health. A cat that is not eating the right type of food or that is not eating as it should will definitely be malnourished. Getting your animal on a good diet plan is what you should have the vet do for you.
A visit to the vet is pertinent in order to have them examine your cat to diagnose the possible cause of this loss of appetite and recommend appropriate treatment. Your pet could be underweight or obese and these most times are diet-related. Cutting out certain foods or being placed on some others might just be a step in the right direction.
Also, do not force any food on your animal. If you do this, your pet may develop a permanent aversion for this kind of food. Some cats may also develop food allergies, so the challenge is getting to know which food they are actually allergic to since they consume different types of food. You can hire a vet to help you with this.
The Age of Your Cat
Kittens and older cats should see the vet more often than healthy young middle-aged cats. This is so because kittens do need vaccinations and follow-up booster shots more frequently, thus a higher number of visits to the vet. A kitten might require more than seven visits in a year, while a cat that is 7-10 years will require as many as at least three visits in a year. Ageing cats are more prone to age-related ailments that increase the number of times they would need to visit the vet. It is important to pay attention to your pet’s age so as to decipher the frequency of visits to the vet is most appropriate.
All cats of all ages need to visit the pet at some point in their lives. Responsible keepers must ensure this is done as and when it is due.