Preventive Care for Cats
Help your cat live a longer, happier life.
Keep your Cat Healthy with Regular Visits!
Animal Hospital at the Crossing’s philosophy is that wellness care is the key to keeping your cat healthy. We recommend an annual, or bi-annual wellness exam, depending upon your cat’s physical health, age and medical needs. Based on factors that include your cat’s breed, physical condition, lifestyle, and previous immunization history, we form a treatment plan that caters to your cat’s individual needs.
Preventative Care for your Cat
For all adult cats on an annual basis we recommend:
- A Complete Physical Examination
- Weight Assessment
- Dental Evaluation
- Fecal Analysis/Internal Parasite Test
- Deworming as needed
- Vaccinations as needed
- Yearly blood tests for Feline Leukemia and FIV
Comprehensive Physical Exam
During your pet's wellness exam, we will give your cat a full physical examination. We examine his or her vision, hearing, heart and lung functions, test the joints and muscles, palpate the abdomen and perform many other tests. The information we collect during an exam helps us establish a baseline level of your pet's health.
Our annual exam also includes a dental evaluation. Dental care is very important, especially to our older animals. We examine your pet’s teeth and gums for plaque and tartar, tooth weakness and decay. This screening often prevents mouth pain and infections that can affect your cat’s overall health. Click here to read more about the dental care offered at Animal Hospital at the Crossing.
Vaccinations play a key role in your pet’s overall wellness health care plan. Since there are numerous contagious diseases that are easily spread among our pets, vaccinations help tremendously with prevention. When our veterinarians discuss your cat’s vaccination protocol with you, they will attempt to gain an understanding of your pet’s lifestyle. For instance, does your cat live exclusively indoors, or does he/she spend time outdoors as well? Do you take your cat to a groomer or to a boarding facility? The answers to these types of questions will help determine your cat’s best vaccination plan to prevent disease.
Parasite Prevention and Control
Cats are susceptible to a number of internal and external parasitic infections whether they live indoors or out. Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your cat, but also for the health of your family. Routine yearly fecal exams are encouraged and monthly preventatives (such as Revolution) are highly recommended for the best control.
Nutrition and Diet
We monitor your cat’s weight so we can recommend modifications in diet or exercise if needed. During your cat’s wellness exam, we may discuss your cat's nutritional needs and weight management guidelines with you. A healthy body weight is important for your cat to have a long and healthy life.
If your cat is new to Animal Hospital at the Crossing, we ask that you bring a copy of your cat’s previous records to your first appointment. We ask that all cat owners bring a stool sample (ideally less than twelve hours old), and your cat on a leash or in a carrier.
These appointments are an excellent time for you to address questions about your cat’s health with our veterinarians. Please call us to schedule an appointment or request more information today.
We Are Proud to Be a Cat Friendly Practice
Animal Hospital at the Crossing is proud to announce that we are officially a Cat Friendly Practice through the American Association of Feline Practitioners! As a Cat Friendly Practice, we have embraced the higher standards of care needed to create a cat-friendly environment within our hospital. This ensures that you and your cat will have a stress-free experience while visiting our hospital. To learn more about our commitment to being a Cat Friendly Practice, please visit the AAFP website.
Call us at (217) 356-6387 or request an appointment online to schedule your cat's annual preventive care exam.