When was the last time your kitty had a checkup? We know how much most cats hate making a trip to the vet, but keeping up with their vaccinations and wellness exams is one of the best ways to keep your cat healthy.

August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, so we’re sharing the top five reasons why all cats need regular veterinary care.

How Often Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet?

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, 83% of cats see a vet within 1 year of adoption. However, more than half of them never return for a follow-up visit. 

A lot of people think that as long as their cat stays indoors and seems healthy, there’s no need to go to the vet. But all cats need to see a vet at least once every year. 

Annual wellness exams keep your cat up-to-date on their vaccinations and allow your vet to spot any signs of dental or health problems. Here are the top three reasons why cats need regular veterinary care. 

Three Reasons Why You Should Take Your Cat to the Vet Every Year

1: Rabies Booster

All cats—indoor cats included—need a rabies booster at least once every three years. Because rabies is so deadly, and because it can be passed from animals to people, rabies vaccines for pets are essential. 

According to Arizona’s Manual for Rabies Control, kittens should get their first rabies vaccine when they are three months old. Then they need a booster shot one year later. After that, they need to get a rabies vaccine once every three years. 

At Anasazi Animal Clinic, we give cats a 1-year rabies booster, because we want to see them sooner and make sure they are staying healthy.

2: Dental Checkups

If your cat has been turning their cute little nose up at their favorite food, they might be in too much pain to eat. Loss of appetite, bad breath, and brown or yellow teeth are all signs of dental diseases in cats.

During your cat’s annual wellness exam, we’ll also check for signs of dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Your cat might need a dental cleaning to prevent tooth loss and tooth resorption.

3: Early Detection

Yearly exams are even more important for cats that are past their prime. Older cats could be suffering from chronic conditions like arthritis or urinary tract infections, but hiding their pain. Your vet will be able to recognize the symptoms and provide the treatment your cat needs.

Older cats are also more vulnerable to diseases like cancer and diabetes, but fortunately, treatment is available. Getting a diagnosis from your vet will help you extend your cat’s lifetime and relieve their pain.

Make an Appointment at Anasazi Animal Clinic Today

If you live in Gilbert, Arizona, you can celebrate National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day by making an appointment for a wellness exam. We would love to meet you and your cat! We can answer all of your questions about cat care and how to keep your cat healthy and happy. Just call 480-497-0505 or request an appointment online today.

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash used with permission under the Creative Commons license for commercial use 7/8/2023.