Bringing the cat to the vet regularly is a fundamental behavior, to be recommended to any owner. Moreover, it is not always easy to understand if the cat is sick or has serious problems.
In fact, many 4-legged friends continue to play, eat or behave in an almost “normal” way despite showing symptoms of a certain severity. Learning to recognize when our cat has problems is essential, to avoid having to go to the animal emergency room when the situation has already been aggravated for some time.
When to take the cat to the vet
Usually, those who own a pet should take it to the vet at least once a year. Moreover, with this frequency it is necessary to administer the correct vaccinations, which allow us to limit the spread of some very serious diseases, such as FeLV or FIV.
Who has a cat that lives exclusively at home sometimes renounces vaccinations, because the animal never comes into contact with other animals; however, it is always advisable to ask your veterinarian for advice: some viruses are particularly aggressive, and can also be transferred from the hands of the owner who touches another cat.
However, even without having to administer a vaccine, a small veterinary check is always important, just as we do with a doctor or dentist. Also because some pathologies are not easy to recognize, at least in the beginning.
When the cat shows no symptoms
Often owners who do not notice that the cat that lives with them has health problems are those whose animals tend to have a quiet life with little movement. These are generally very old animals, which have long since passed 10 years of age and therefore have a life that we could call sedentary.
A constant nap during the day, which is interrupted only when someone arrives at home or at mealtimes. In these situations, unfortunately, only a regular check-up by the vet can reveal the most serious problems, trying to prevent them or take them in time when they occur. For other small subcutaneous tumors, slight tendinitis or mild gastroenteritis can sometimes go unnoticed, especially in cats that live outside the home, which tend to hide feces away from where they can be found, or that may remain “for a walk” several hours a day.
It is generally best to always try to monitor your pet, for example by checking the whole body periodically, at least every 3-5 months, and checking that the animal is eating correctly.
In most cases, however, the cat knows how to make the owner understand when something is wrong. Among the most common symptoms, there is dysentery, or constipation, as well as colds, joint pains that lead the cat to not move as usual. Lethargy is also an easily verifiable symptom because the cat clearly shows that it does not respond to certain stimuli, such as the presentation of food.
To avoid noticing this type of problem, it is convenient for example to avoid leaving large quantities of food available to the cat, because this prevents us from understanding whether we are feeding properly or not.
We are not necessarily talking about symptoms that make us think of worrying pathologies, sometimes even a cat that has simply fallen from an excessive height, and therefore has some bruises, stops eating for a few days. Going to the vet knowing how to indicate how much and when he ate the animal and how he evacuated in the previous hours is always a good element to help in the diagnosis.