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What Makes Cat Wellness Exams at Catonsville Cat Clinic Special

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When searching for cat wellness exams for your feline friend, there are two important things to keep in mind. First is overall health, which is applicable to cats of all ages. Second is your cat’s age, as their needs change from the kitten stage, through adulthood, up to senior and geriatric.

 

At Catonsville Cat Clinic, our approach to cat wellness begins with a thorough examination that covers everything from your cat’s general alertness and body condition to more specific assessments of their heart, lungs, and overall physical health. 

 

Understanding that cats have different needs at various stages of their lives, we offer customized wellness care programs specifically designed for kittens, young adults, mature adults, senior, and geriatric cats. Each stage is approached with a unique focus to provide the most effective care. 

 

We’ve put together the following blog to help you learn more about cat wellness exams as well as our specific approach at Catonsville Cat Clinic.

Cat Wellness Exam Checklist

A thorough cat wellness exam is essential for maintaining your cat’s health. Our veterinarians perform comprehensive checks as part of our cat vet services, focusing on:

 

  • General Level of Alertness – We evaluate your cat’s responsiveness and activity levels. A cat that is alert and curious typically indicates good health, whereas lethargy or unusual inactivity may suggest underlying issues.
  • General Body Condition – Our assessment includes checking your cat’s weight and body shape to identify signs of obesity or malnutrition. We also evaluate the body condition score, which helps in determining if your cat is at a healthy weight for its size and breed.
  • Muscle Condition – Muscle mass is a key indicator of overall health. We check for any signs of muscle wasting or weakness, which can be early signs of nutritional deficiencies or more serious health conditions.
  • Coat – A healthy coat should be glossy and free of dandruff, parasites, and excessive oiliness. We examine the haircoat for any signs of poor nutrition, allergies, or skin diseases.
  • Skin – The skin is assessed for elasticity, hydration, and any abnormalities such as lumps, bumps, or wounds. Skin health can be a reflection of overall systemic health.
  • Eyes – We look for clarity, brightness, and responsiveness to light. Eye examinations can reveal signs of systemic health issues, including infections, glaucoma, or hypertension.
  • Ears – Ears are checked for cleanliness, wax buildup, and any signs of infection or mites. Healthy ears are vital for balance and hearing, and issues here can affect overall quality of life.
  • Nose and Face – A healthy nose should be clean and free of excessive discharge. We also inspect the overall facial structure for any asymmetry or signs of dental issues affecting the face.
  • Heart – Listening to the heart can reveal murmurs, arrhythmias, or signs of heart disease. Early detection of heart issues is crucial for management and treatment.
  • Lungs – We assess the lungs for clear and unlabored breathing. Respiratory issues can be early indicators of heart disease or lung conditions.
  • Mouth and Teeth – Dental health is crucial for overall wellness. We check for gum disease, tooth decay, and any abnormalities that could affect eating and nutrition.
  • Pulse – The pulse gives us insight into heart health and circulation. An irregular or weak pulse can indicate cardiovascular problems.
  • Lymph Nodes – Swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other systemic health issues. We check these as part of our comprehensive examination.
  • Throat, Legs, and Abdomen – We palpate these areas to detect any signs of discomfort, swelling, or abnormalities. This can reveal issues with the digestive system, musculoskeletal problems, or other internal concerns.
  • Feces Sample – A previously collected feces sample is analyzed for parasites, bacteria, and signs of digestive system health. This can help identify infections or dietary issues.

 

Depending on the findings from the physical exam, we may recommend further wellness screening tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing. 

 

These tests provide a more comprehensive view of your cat’s internal health and can detect diseases that aren’t apparent during a physical examination. Below we share at which ages you can expect your cat may need these tests.

Wellness Care Programs Catered To Each Stage of Your Cat’s Life

Understanding the unique needs of cats at different life stages is essential for their overall health and wellbeing. 

 

Here’s how we tailor our wellness exams at Catonsville Cat Clinic for each stage of a cat’s life, including relevant screenings when necessary:

Kitten: Up to 1 Year of Age

Kittens require comprehensive exams to ensure they are developing properly and to establish a health baseline for their future.

 

  • Vaccinations – Core vaccines and any additional ones based on lifestyle.
  • Parasite Testing – Checking for intestinal parasites, fleas, and ear mites.
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Testing – Critical for kittens, even if they are not yet showing symptoms.

Young Adult: 1 – 4 Years of Age

This stage focuses on maintaining the health baseline established during kittenhood and preventing disease.

 

  • Annual Wellness Exams – Including physical examination and booster vaccinations as needed.
  • Dental Assessments – Early detection of dental issues can prevent more serious problems later.
  • Weight Management – Monitoring and advice to prevent obesity.

Mature Adult: 5 – 7 Years of Age

As cats mature, the risk for certain conditions increases. Early detection becomes key.

 

  • Biannual Wellness Exams – Recommended for early detection of issues.
  • Blood Work – Including CBC, biochemistry profile, and thyroid hormone testing to detect early signs of diseases common in mature cats.
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring – Essential for detecting early signs of heart disease and hypertension.

Senior: 7 – 14 Years of Age

Senior cats require more frequent monitoring to manage the onset of age-related conditions.

 

  • Biannual Wellness Exams – Emphasis on detecting signs of aging and managing chronic conditions.
  • Comprehensive Blood Work and Urinalysis – For a thorough evaluation of kidney function, diabetes, and other common senior cat health issues.
  • Radiographs and Ultrasound – Recommended as needed to assess organ health and detect tumors.

Geriatric: Older Than 14

Geriatric cats benefit from tailored exams that focus on comfort, managing chronic conditions, and improving quality of life.

 

  • Quarterly Wellness Exams – More frequent exams help in closely monitoring health.
  • Comprehensive Senior Blood Panel – Including thyroid hormone testing, to closely monitor for common geriatric conditions.
  • Pain Management – Assessments for arthritis or other pain-related issues to enhance quality of life.

Schedule Your Cat Wellness Exam At Catonsville Cat Clinic

We’re here to make sure your beloved feline friend enjoys optimal health throughout their life. To schedule your cat’s wellness exam at Catonsville Cat Clinic, click here to get in touch.

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