Our cat friends, even if they seem to be in perfect health, need so-called routine veterinary visits like humans. These allow for a “check-up” of his state of health.
The stage of the cat’s life, between when he is a kitten and when he is an adult, is to be distinguished. Indeed, the number of veterinary visits, excluding any possible health problem, is higher for a kitten than for an adult cat.
3 times a year for the kitten
The kitten sees, under conditions where it enjoys a home from birth, the veterinarian at least three times in its first year. Once at around 2 months (between 6 and 8 weeks) and again a month later, at around 3 months (between 10 and 14 weeks) for vaccines, then a third time for sterilization.
During the first visit, the kitten is examined by the veterinarian. He receives his primary vaccination, at least for feline leukosis, cat typhus and coryza, but also for rabies if he has to go abroad in particular.
That’s not all, this first visit is also an opportunity to make his “identity papers”: the kitten will be identified by electronic chip, his health record and his passport will be given to its owners.
The following month, he is seen by the vet to receive his vaccine booster. If he has changed owners, this is often the opportunity to take the opportunity to request a certificate of good health and make sure that he has no apparent illness or fatal flaw.
It is then important, during this first year of feline life, to see the veterinarian a third time, to proceed with sterilization, whether it is a male or a female. The latter is ideally recommended at the age of 6 months and at most 7 months.
Our only sterilization will prevent cat diseases, but in addition it will protect its owners from bothersome sexual behavior, such as urine marking or unwanted meowing for example. In addition, it allows not to increase the feline population, while many hairballs are already struggling to be adopted.
1 time per year for the adult cat
In adult cats, from 12 months on average, a routine visit should be planned every year. This helps to ensure that your cat is still in good health, to detect certain diseases early, to ensure that the cat is eating well, but also to carry out annual vaccination boosts.
2 times a year for the senior cat
Between 7 and 8 years old, a cat is considered to be in the middle of its life. It is therefore one of the senior cats, so it is preferable to bring together the visits to the veterinarian to have a good follow-up and quickly overcome any health problems.
Thus, the senior cat will go from one visit to the veterinarian per year to two annual visits. Respecting the vaccination schedule and health examinations will allow your companion to live as long as possible and in the best conditions.
Of course, any change observed in your cat, whether sudden or gradual, should prompt you to consult immediately. Apart from the usual visits (annual or biannual), it is essential to get closer to your veterinarian at the slightest suspicion about the state of health of your cat. Especially if he is less active, eats less, no longer defecates properly, etc.