San Antonio cat owners - Have we seen your cat lately?
Common Incorrect Cat Myths:
- Cats are naturally healthier with less problems than dogs
- Feline health problems come from outside and don’t affect indoor cats
- Cats will display visible signs of illness
- Cats are self-sufficient and do not need veterinary care like dogs
Cats are notorious for hiding illness. You might not know your cat is sick until the illness has become critical and requires more extensive treatment.
To best serve your cat - Deerfield Animal Hospital recommends annual exams with vaccinations & parasite testing and prevention. For the best preventative care as your cat ages, we recommend annual blood tests to diagnose diabetes, kidney, liver, thyroid, renal and heart disease before they become advanced and dental cleanings.
All cats, even indoor cats, are susceptible to health conditions and parasites. Diagnosing illness through an examination and laboratory tests & beginning treatment early can save your cat suffering later if the disease has progressed.
What are some subtle signs your cat might be ill?
- Inappropriate elimination outside the litter box
- Change in food/water consumption
- Change in activity/interaction
- Lack of self-grooming
- Bad breath (dental disease)
- Weight loss or gain (overweight cats have higher chance of developing diabetes)
Do not assume behavior or physical changes are just "old age". Many are medical problems that can be treated if caught early.
We realize coming to the vet can be stressful on your cat. Here are some tips to ease that stress:
Before Your Vet Appointment
- Top-loading carriers make it easier to place your cat inside - those with top and side opening have additional versatility
- Bring the carrier out several days prior and place a familiar blanket, treats and toys inside the carrier
- Take frequent short car rides to places other than coming to see us
- Practice regular care such as brushing, nail trimming and teeth brushing and touching your cat's face, ears, feet and tail at home
Coming to & At the Vet Appointment
- Use Feliway diffuser, sprays or wipes at least 15 minutes before introducing cat to the carrier - download Feliway tip sheet on how to use Feliway to reduce cat stress
- Come to our vet clinic for visits that don't involve exams or procedures (such as weighing the cat) to create positive associations or just stop by for treats
- Cats travel best on an empty stomach
- Place a towel or blanket over the carrier when driving
- Reinforce your cat's positive associations with the carrier using calm praise
- Let the cat walk out or gently remove from the carrier with calm voices and motions
- Speak softly, because if you remain calm, chances are your cat will too
- After each successful car trip and vet visit, reward your pet with positive attention and treats