Cat Health Care and the Vet
Pet cats will typically live twelve to fifteen years, but improvements in cat health care, medication and veterinary treatment as well as the availability of better quality foods has meant that some can live into their late teens or even twenties. This long lifespan is rare in those which haven’t received very careful and comprehensive cat health care, though.
When you bring home your new cat, especially if it is your first, or when you move to a new area you will need to find yourself a cat health care professional at a veterinary surgery. Finding a vet needn’t be complicated; it can be as simple as opening the phone book or having a quick look online. Vet surgeries that you find this way will offer good quality treatment, but if you would rather use a recommended vet then consult the RSPCA or friends and neighbours who also have cats for their suggestions.
Regular visits to the vet are one of the best ways of guaranteeing that your cat lives a long and healthy life. Caring for a cat is a challenge because cats can’t talk to tell you when they feel unwell or are in pain and discomfort. Although the vet can’t get your cat to talk either, they are well trained in picking up on early warning signs which might point to a serious cat health care problem, so regular trips to the vet are vital.
As your cat gets older, its needs will change and the vet’s cat health care check up will most likely become more in depth. For example blood or urine samples might be taken to ensure that your cat’s internal organs are functioning well and are in good condition. A vet will also be able to give you advice on your aging cat’s changing nutritional needs and check out their teeth for signs of gum disease.