Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cat Annual Wellness Exam

An annual wellness exam will prevent your healthy cat from becoming seriously ill and if you cat has a health concern; feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus,  a wellness exam will allow your veterinarian to check your cat to make sure that they are stable with no new medical concerns.

Your veterinarian will perform the wellness exam by checking your cat's eyes, ears, mouth, weight, heart and the skin and coat will examined for fleas, ticks, mites, hair loss and lumps or bumps. 

The veterinarian will then check the cat’s entire body; he will look for pressure points, joints and will check for pain or stiffness.  Your veterinarian may call for further tests; urine or blood tests.

If your veterinarian suggests that your cat needs two checkup’s per year then do not miss your appointment. My cat Sam has feline immunodeficiency virus, cat-FIV so along with the wellness examination the veterinarian tested my cat's blood, urine and feces are checked.  These tests will inform the veterinarian of any changes to his disease.  

Sam recently had his wellness exam and there was no change from the previous year except he has put on weight.  Cats with feline immunodeficiency virus sleep or rest 90% of the day and are not mobile like healthy cats.  So going forward I will feed Sam a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.  I will also play with Sam several times each day with Da Bird feather teaser.  Sam loves this bird toy and I do not have to motivate him to play.

Notes from Sgolis:

The best way to prevent illness is watch your cat daily and to take them to veterinarian for annual wellness exam.  Get a journal and document any changes in your cats diet, drinking habits, weight gain or loss, excess thirst, behavior changes, cough, changes in litter box habits; constipation, soft stools, blood in feces, excessive marking or refusal to use litter box, and bad breath.  

Groom your cat weekly and run your hands over their entire body to check for lumps or bumps.  Contact your veterinarian concerning any changes.  Your veterinarian will advise you what to do and will schedule an appointment if need be. Take your cat journal with you so you can discuss your cat’s health and behavior changes.