Thanks to the independent, self-sufficient, even stoic nature of our pet cats, it’s easy to overlook the need for regular wellness care. After all, kitty seems fine, so why go through the trouble of a cat wellness exam?
The truth is, cats are masters at hiding illness and injury, and you likely won’t know anything is wrong with him or her until the situation is critical. During a routine wellness exam your veterinarian may be alerted to a potential problem or health issue, giving us the opportunity to nip it in the bud and potentially save your cat needless suffering, increase his or her chance of a full recovery, and even save money.
At True Care Veterinary Hospital, we believe that all cats deserve regular veterinary attention and wellness care.
The Cat Wellness Exam, Decoded
The following areas of your cat’s health are addressed at each wellness visit:
- Detailed history of your cat’s health
- Nose-to-tail physical exam
- Parasite preventives
- Discussing any questions or concerns you may have
Your veterinarian may recommend follow-up diagnostic testing, such as blood work, digital x-rays or other scans.
For many cat owners, bringing their cat to the veterinarian is simply too stressful. Between getting a cat into the carrier, the car ride, and the antics once kitty is inside the clinic, it can seem like it just isn’t worth the trouble.
Fortunately, there are ways to make bringing your cat in for checkups easier on both you and kitty. Check out the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s guidelines for getting a cat used to the carrier, and talk with your veterinarian about ways to reduce your cat’s stress.
Wellness Beyond The Clinic
There is much you can do at home to optimize your pet’s health and well-being, such as:
- Keep your cat at an ideal weight by limiting treats and encouraging daily exercise (try laser pointers, feather chasers, fishpole toys, wadded up paper, etc.).
- Up to 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. Besides bringing your cat to our office for a yearly dental exam and professional cleaning, you can support his or her oral health at home with regular tooth brushing (your veterinarian can help you to master the technique).
- Make your home “cat friendly” by keeping litter boxes clean, keeping water bowls filled, and providing plenty of hiding spots and perches for kitty to retreat to.
- The human-animal bond is important for your cat’s, and your, mental health, so spend time playing with and interacting with your cat each day.
Take Your Cat To The Vet Day
Looking for activities to fill your calendar at the end of the month? August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and a great reminder to schedule your kitty’s next wellness visit if you haven’t already. We look forward to seeing you and your cat soon!
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ