Your healthy adult cat should visit the vet at least once a year. Kittens, cats with medical conditions, and elderly cats should go more frequently.
Preventive health care services offered at your cat’s annual wellness appointment, like shots and screening tests, help detect or prevent serious diseases and medical problems before they become major. These regular physical exams help your cat stay as happy and healthy as possible.
Examples of preventive health services and their frequency:
Kittens – Your new kitten will need to see a vet for a check-up as soon as possible, ideally within 24-72 hours of adopting the kitty. If you have other cats, you should bring your new kitten to the vet before introducing them. The staff and vet will talk to you about your kitten’s history and perform a physical exam. They will look for parasites such as fleas and mites and check your pet’s stool for intestinal parasites. Your veterinarian will make vaccination and spay/neuter recommendations based on your kitten’s age and environment. Your kitten will need a check-up and vaccine boosters every 3-4 weeks until they are four months old and again in one year.
Adult Cats – Schedule your adult cat for a veterinary exam at least once a year. Your veterinarian will complete a comprehensive examination of your cat, perform routine lab work, and administer any vaccinations that are due. More frequent exams and lab work may be recommended based on your pet’s exam findings.
Senior Cats – As your pet ages, medical concerns can develop rapidly. Senior exams every six months and more frequent lab work are recommended for our older patients.