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How Often Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet?

Updated: Jan 6

Routine visits to the veterinarian are must for your cat. Preventative care can uncover health issues early, which ends up making them easier to treat, costing you less money in the long run, and increasing the well-being and happiness of your cat. But how often to schedule these visits is an excellent question. The schedule below provides a good starting point.

A Schedule for Success

  • Starting at six weeks old, take your kitten to the vet once a month until four months old.

  • Somewhere between six and twelve months, your vet will suggest the best time to have your cat spayed or neutered.

  • Annual visits to your vet should commence when your cat is one year old.

  • After ten years old, your cat is now a senior that should see the vet every six months. It’s possible your vet may recommend more frequent visits if your cat has an existing medical condition.

Things Your Cat Needs From the Vet

  • A series of vaccinations that will protect them from a number of diseases including rabies, distemper, herpes, and calicivirus, and feline leukemia.

  • Checking for parasites and recommending preventative products as needed.

  • Periodic bloodwork to help detect diseases including diabetes, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism.

  • Routine dental exams and cleaning to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to nutrition loss and health issues.

Other Considerations

  • Finding a good local veterinarian is easier than ever with online recommendations from your neighbors

  • Investing in pet insurance, especially starting with a new kitten, can add up to substantial savings over the life of your cat

  • Having your cat chipped in they get lost can mean the difference between reconnecting with your loved one or not

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