Did you know that cats now outnumber dogs in the United States as the most popular pet? There are more dog owning households but there are more pet cats! With advances in nutrition and medicine, cats are living longer than ever before. They need less space and don't have the walking requirements of dogs and this has made them more and more popular for the urban dwelling pet owner.
Despite their independence, however, cats do need regular veterinary checkups. Regular exams can reveal a variety of health conditions before they become problems for your cat. Hypertension, kidney disease, dental issues, hyperthyroidism and diabetes are just a few of the diseases seen in middle aged and geriatric feline patients that benefit enormously from early diagnosis and treatment. There are many, many others.
Veterinarians are your best prepared and your most educated source for information and advice on nutrition, parasite control, behavior problems and certainly preventive medicine. For all these reasons you should keep your cats on a regular schedule of visits to your veterinarian. The ability to establish baselines and normals early in your cat's life become extremely important in picking up the earliest signs of disease as they develop. In turn, this gives you what you want more than anything for your cat; a happy, healthy and long relationship as a part of your family.
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