Routine Care for an Adult Cat

At GAH we have two primary goals when it comes to caring for your middle-aged cat:

1. Help your pet live the longest and happiest life possible.

2. Detect problems early, before they become too severe or costly to treat. If caught early many disease processes can be more easily managed, thereby extending the lifespan of your pet.

Our preventativecare recommendations are based on guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Feline Society, and are tailored to each individual cat based on their hereditary factors, breed, age, medical history, and lifestyle.

Annual wellness care for adult cats typically includes:

At least one physical exam yearly

  • We will ask questions about your pet’s lifestyle, diet, and level of exercise and then our veterinarians will examine your pet from head to toe. We will make recommendations based on our findings.
  • Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have!

Vaccinations

  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP: Feline viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)
  • Feline Leukemia vaccine

Parasite Control

Internal Parasites

Intestinal Parasites:

  • We follow the Companion Animal Parasite Counsil’s (CAPC) guidelines and recommend year-round monthly deworming for all cats.
  • Not only can these parasites cause diarrhea, decreased appetite, and weight loss in the pet, but some are also capable of being transmitted to people and may cause severe complications in humans.

Heartworms:

  • We follow the CAPC and American Heartworm Society’s guidelines and recommend year-round monthly heartworm prevention for all cats.
  • Heartworms can infect cats and just 1-2 worms can kill a cat. They are a very real problem, but extremely difficult to diagnose. There is no safe treatment for heartworms in cats.

External Parasites (Fleas and Ticks)

  • We recommend monthly flea prevention in all cats and monthly tick prevention in cats that are exposed to ticks.

Diagnostic Testing

Fecal Flotation:

  • Performed annually to ensure your pet is free of intestinal parasites.

Felv/FIV Testing:

  • Recommended annually in any cat that is at risk (outdoor cats)

Wellness Testing

  • Recommended for pets over 6 years of age.
  • This involves performing bloodwork. We may also need to perform a urinalysis and/or thyroid testing.
  • Performing wellness testing allows us the chance to catch underyling disease that may cause significant problems in the future.