Scottsdale’s Preventative Cat Care
Preventing health issues in cats prolongs life and quality of life in the gentlest and most cost-effective way. At Scottsdale Cat Clinic, our veterinarians will work with you to determine the best preventive methods for your cat’s unique breed, age, and lifestyle.
Preventing Cat Illnesses
Cats are experts at hiding symptoms of illness or discomfort. In the wild, this serves them well by keeping them from attracting the attention of predators, but in our homes, this makes it hard for owners to recognize when a cat is in pain or needing medical attention. By the time a cat shows obvious signs of illness, the condition is typically very debilitating and may have caused irreparable damage.
To prevent cat illnesses, our veterinarians recommend:
- Physical exams—We recommend that all adult cats are seen by our doctors at least once every six months. At each exam, our veterinarians will check your cat from nose to tail, watching for any changes in weight, any signs of chronic conditions or pain, and any changes in health status.
Blood work—Regular blood work
gives us a base line of your cat’s normal blood chemistry and helps us detect subtle changes in organ function over time. We recommend:
- One complete blood work up in the cat’s early years
- Blood work every other year after the cat turns 7 years of age
- Blood work every year after the cat turns 12 years of age
- Vaccinations —Our doctors will work with you to evaluate your cat’s vaccination needs based on his or her unique risk factors. Not all cats need all vaccinations, but all cats need some vaccinations. When your cat needs vaccinations, we only use the highest quality vaccines that have been shown to reduce reactions while providing excellent immunity.
Catching illness early increases the effectiveness of treatment and helps us to prolong the life and comfort of your cat.
Parasite Prevention in Cats
A variety of cat parasites can cause problems with your pet’s health. The veterinarians of Scottsdale Cat Clinic recommend several preventive measures:
- Feline heartworm —As its name suggests, the heartworm lives inside the heart of an infected cat. While there is no current treatment for heartworm, there are preventive medications that we recommend for cats at risk of infection.
- Intestinal parasites —Worms that live in the digestive tract of cats deplete the pet’s nutrition and can cause blockages and other problems for the cat. We recommend yearly fecal screening to ensure your cat remains free of worms.
- Flea and tick prevention —Our veterinarians will work with you to select the best flea and tick control methods for your cat’s age, breed, size, and lifestyle.
When cats display behaviors that are problematic, checking for a medical reason to the behavior is always a good idea. Oftentimes, even if the behavior is not medically based, we can offer strategies to help you change the behavior.
From cats who do not get along with each other, to refusal to use the litter box, or even aggressive behaviors, our expertise on animal behavior can help resolve issues.
Cat Care for a Lifetime
Cats of different ages require different care. The illnesses and conditions that are common in adult cats can be dramatically different from those a kitten or senior cat experience. Please visit our kitten care page and our senior cat care page for our veterinarians’ recommendations on keeping your pet healthy for all of his or her life.