Here are five important reasons why you should have your cat examined annually.

 

Cats age 7 times faster than humans

 

A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, and then 24 at age 2. Each year thereafter, your cat ages approximately four years for every calendar year. That means that your beloved 7 year old cat isn’t a cat, she’s a 49 year old cougar 🙂 Veterinary care is crucial because a lot can happen in four years.

Cats Are Masters at Hiding Illness

 

Cats are excellent at hiding how they feel when they are sick or in pain. Your cat could be developing a health condition long before you notice anything is wrong. Rockland Veterinarians have more than 100 years of combined experience spotting abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked and can identify problems before they advance and become more difficult to treat.

 

Over 50% of Cats are Overweight or Obese

 

We will check your cat’s weight at every visit and provide nutritional and environmental enrichment recommendations to help keep your cat at an ideal weight. Just a few extra pounds can put cats at risk for diabetes; heart, respiratory, and kidney disease; and more.

 

Preventative Care is Better than Reactive Care

 

Information discussed, along with a thorough physical examination, provides the two of us a plan to help your cat remain healthy. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since we can detect conditions or diseases that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat.

 

Kittens Have 26th Teeth, but Adults Have 30

 

That equates to a lot of dental care! Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years of age and older. Except for foul smelling breath that many pet owners think is normal (it is not!), often there are no obvious signs of dental disease.  Most cats with dental disease still eat without a noticeable change in appetite!  Discuss your cat’s teeth with us at his or her routine preventive care veterinary visit so that we can keep your cat living a longer, healthier life.