What is a cat wellness exam?

A cat wellness exam is a thorough check-up we perform usually on an annual basis. It includes a full head-to-toe physical exam, encompassing examination of their teeth, eyes, ears, as well as listening to their heart and lungs, and feeling their abdomen for any potential issues.

Dr. Glen Hudson
Highland Park Animal Hospital

What will a veterinarian be looking for during my cat's wellness exam?

We strive for early detection of a variety of potential health issues. The physical exam helps us identify any issues that might not yet be affecting the cat's quality of life. By catching these early, we have a greater chance of preventing them from worsening, enhancing the cat's quality of life, or even curing the problem.

Will my cat's wellness exam require any specific lab work or procedures?

Often, a cat's wellness exam includes some blood work. We recommend an internal panel to check organ function. Cats are skilled at concealing their symptoms when they're not feeling well, so these tests help us ensure everything is functioning properly.

How does wellness impact the longevity and health of my cat?

Early detection of medical issues, especially in senior cats, can prevent serious secondary conditions from developing. Many of these diseases are not life-threatening on their own, but they can lead to other life-threatening issues. Early detection allows us to prevent these secondary conditions.

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

We recommend annual cat wellness exams, similar to dogs. It provides an opportunity for the veterinarian to discuss with the owner about the cat's health and behavior at home, and perform a thorough physical exam.

What are some signs and symptoms that my cat might not be feeling well?

Common signs that your cat might not be feeling well include lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle loss. These symptoms can often be noticed by the owner at home.

What are some possible environmental factors that can affect cat wellness?

Various environmental factors can impact your cat's well-being. We emphasize the importance of environmental enrichment, such as toys, scratching posts, and fresh clean water. For cats with urinary issues, we recommend having one more litter box than the number of cats in the household.

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