BunnyMoon asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

What does an annual feline check-up generally include?

I have a (roughly) three year old Siberian cat. When we adopted her about two years ago from a moving couple, she was up to date on her shots, but we haven't had the money to take her in until now.

She is spayed, had all her vaccinations as a kitten, still has her claws (we're keeping it that way), no problems with hairballs or anything like that, indoor-only, no other pets..

Does an annual check-up generally include a dental cleaning? Do they need those annually, anyway? She mostly eats dried food with occasional wet, canned food.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Your Cat's Annual Checkup with the Vet

    Taking your cat to the Vet isn't always the most pleasurable of experiences, for you or your cat. Lots of cats hate traveling in cars, and the site of their pet carrier usually sends them running. Nevertheless, an annual checkup with your Vet is a must for your cat. If you're wondering what's the fuss, here's what you can expect from your cat's annual checkup…

    Your veterinarian should examine your cat, checking him from head to tail to evaluate his general physical state and to see if there are any signs of illness or disease. He'll be interested in things like nasal or eye discharge, sneezing or congestion. The fact that you live with your cat on a day-to-day basis may make it more difficult for you to notice slight changes, things like a few extra or a few less pounds.

    Your vet, on the other hand, should be able to detect these and other signs that might be troubling. Your Vet may also request a fecal sample in order to check for internal parasites, and vaccinations will need to be updated.

    Your veterinarian should discuss your pet's diet and any necessary dental care. If a few extra pounds are a concern, he or she can offer some nutritional guidance and even tips on getting more exercise. This is also your time to ask questions, since you kitty can't do it himself. If you have any questions or concerns related to your cat's health or even behavior, don't hesitate to discuss them with your vet. With any luck, your cat will be given a positive bill of health and you'll both be on your way.

    Source(s): http://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/cat-health/catan... (I got it from google.com)
  • Ken
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    1 decade ago

    It does not normally include a cleaning. It is just basically a look me over unless you request a blood panel to be done

    Stop feeding kitty crack! (Dry food)

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health

    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.

    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?

    http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Read_a_Pet_Fo...

    http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/P...

    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms

    The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in

    Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.

    http://www.catinfo.org/#My_Cat_is_Doing_Just_Fine_...

    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. The best food for cats does not contain any grains at all.

    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.

    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php

    Please read about cat nutrition.

    http://www.newdestiny.us/nutritionbasics.html

    http://www.catinfo.org/feline_obesity.htm

    http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food...

    Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/P...

  • 1 decade ago

    an annual check-up usually includes checking ears,eyes,teeth, heart and general appearance-your cat's teeth only need cleaned when there is a build up of tartar,inflamed gums or rotten teeth. I would also suggest getting insurance as it can be very reasonable if you shop around on the internet and saves worry about big vets bills in the future

  • 1 decade ago

    Some cats accumulate more tartar on their teeth than others. Out of the 4 cats I have, only one has trouble with tartar and has had problems since she was young. The basic things vets check at an annual exam are weight, temp, eyes, nose, ears, and etc. The vaccines that vets give include feline leukemia, FIV, rabies.

    Keep feeding your cat dry food, it helps to clean their teeth. Canned food is full of fat which can lead to access weight and can cause tartar to accumulate on their teeth.

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  • With an annual visit, your vet will weigh your cat to make sure she is within her ideal weight. The vet will comb through her fur to check for fleas, check her ears for mites. Then, he will listen to her heart, her lungs to make sure she is well. And a thorough physical exam will be included, making sure her bone structure is fine, and cheking for any enlarge lymph nodes or glands.

    You may be required to bring in a stool sample to check for parasites too.

    The vet will check her teeth and tongue, but dental cleaning is not included unless required or you asked for it.

    And as Ken have mentioned, feeding wet food is definitely better for her overall health as compared to dry. As just as a side note, dry food does not clean teeth and this is a long standing myth which has already been debunked.

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