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CAT
WELLNESS
EXAMS

At Vet At Your Door, we understand the importance of regular wellness exams for your feline companions. Cat wellness exams are essential for maintaining your cat's health and catching any potential issues early. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that we get about cat wellness exams.

When should I bring in my cat for a veterinary wellness exam?

Cats should have a wellness exam at least once a year. For kittens and senior cats, or those with health issues, more frequent exams may be necessary. At Vet At Your Door, we offer the convenience of bringing this essential care to your home, reducing the stress associated with clinic visits.

What does a wellness examination entail?

A wellness examination is a comprehensive check-up. It includes a thorough physical examination from nose to tail, checking for any signs of health issues. We assess body condition, look for lumps, examine the health of fur, skin, teeth, and gums, and listen to the heart and lungs. In a familiar environment, we can also observe your cat's natural behavior and discuss any concerns you have about their diet, behavior, and routine.

Why are laboratory tests necessary during a wellness exam?

Laboratory tests like fecal exams for parasites, blood count, urine analysis, and thyroid hormone testing are important for a comprehensive health assessment. These tests help detect issues that aren't visible during a physical exam, especially in older cats where age-related changes can be subtle.

What signs indicate that my cat might not be feeling well?

Cats are adept at hiding illness. Look out for signs like changes in eating habits, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in bathroom behavior, or increased hiding. During our home visits, we can help interpret these signs and provide immediate advice or treatment.

How can I prepare my cat for a wellness exam?

Getting your cat accustomed to human touch and familiarizing them with their carrier can reduce stress. At Vet At Your Door, we can conduct exams in your cat’s own environment, which naturally reduces anxiety and provides a more accurate assessment of their health.

What are some environmental factors that can affect my cat's wellness?

Changes in your home, like new people, pets, or rearrangements, can stress cats and impact their health. We can offer personalized advice on maintaining a stable environment and minimizing stress during our home visits.

What preventive care is recommended during wellness exams?

Preventive care includes vaccinations, flea and tick control, and parasite prevention. Based on our assessment during the home visit, we'll recommend a tailored preventive care plan for your cat.

How do cat wellness exams influence subsequent treatments?

Regular wellness exams establish a baseline for your cat’s health, allowing us to quickly identify any deviations in future exams. Early detection of issues leads to more effective treatments and better outcomes.

What can I do to maximize my cat's wellness at home?

Providing a stimulating environment with opportunities for play and hunting behaviors, ensuring a balanced diet, and maintaining a safe space, especially in multi-pet or busy households, are crucial for your cat’s wellness.

How often should senior cats have wellness exams?

Senior cats (over 7 years old) should have wellness exams at least twice a year. As cats age, they are more prone to health issues that can develop rapidly, making regular check-ups even more important.

Our team is dedicated to providing the best care for your cat in the comfort of your home, minimizing stress and maximizing the quality of the wellness exam. Remember, early detection and preventive care are key to maintaining your cat's health and well-being.

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