Cat Health Checklist: 20 Helpful Questions to Assess Your Cat’s Wellness
If the cats in your home seem to be in good health – eating normally, playing daily, and generally treating you with equal parts affection and disdain – you might not see any reason to take them for annual veterinary exams. After all, many adult cats don’t need immunizations annually, especially if they’re indoor-only pets, so why waste the time and money with a visit?
In truth, it is extremely important to take your cat in for annual exams, just as you visit your own physician for annual physicals. A lot can change in the course of a year, and you want to stay on top of your feline’s health so you don’t end up with emergency situations and major expense. Below is a helpful cat health checklist you can answer yourself, and at the time of your exam, share with your veterinarian.
- Has your cat has any changes in attitude or activity level?
- Any change in sleeping habits (more, less, different locations)?
- Any change in interaction with the family/other pets?
- Any signs of stress: hiding, awake more, withdrawn?
- Difficulty jumping, rising, going up stairs, reluctance to exercise?
- Any weakness, incoordination, or shaking?
- Any changes in behavior? (vocalization, aggression, anxiety, etc.)
- Change in appetite? (increase, decrease)
- Change in water consumption? (increase, decrease)
- Any weight loss or gain?
- Straining to urinate, or urinating outside the box?
- Any difficulty breathing, sneezing or coughing?
- Any vomiting, hairballs, or trouble swallowing?
- Straining to defecate or had accidents in the house?
- Any diarrhea or soft stool?
- Blood or mucous in the stool?
- Changes in the eyes? ( discharge, cloudiness, redness, etc.)
- Ears are sore, itchy, or have an unpleasant odor?
- Any hair loss, sores, lumps, scratches, or changes in grooming?
- Sore gums, bad breath, or difficulty chewing?
Central Texas Animal Hospital provides a variety of veterinary services for cats in the Pflugerville/Austin-Round Rock area including vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, weight management, spaying and neutering, and more. Call us at 512-251-BARK today to learn more!