Most cats hate going to the vet, and there’s not much (if anything) you can do about it. Everything about the vet visit stresses cats out, starting with being stuffed into a carrier and going for a ride in the car. My cats sing the song of their people at a pitch so high and with such intensity, I half expect the window glass to shatter.
Once at the vet, I jokingly ask the receptionist if she has any valium on hand – for me, not my cat. Then it’s the cat’s turn for trauma…they’re taken to a little room where they’ll be poked, prodded and inspected by strangers in white coats. Feline or human, this whole ordeal is not really anyone’s idea of fun. But sometimes it’s got to be done, either for wellness checkups or when your kitty has a health issue.
What are some of the reasons your cat – and you – might need to face the dreaded vet visit? Each year, a pet insurance company analyzes the data from all of their policyholder’s claims to compile a list of the top 10 reasons cats visit the vet. Here’s what was on their list for 2015.
I’m not surprised to see kidney failure at the top of the list. My cat was diagnosed with this last December, and since then I’ve learned just how common it is in felines, especially seniors. The earlier you catch this disease, the better. Ask for blood tests and a urinalysis to be done during your cat’s annual wellness check. Also, if you ever see your cat drinking a lot of water and peeing like a racehorse, get your cat to the vet right away.
Cats that develop hyperthyroidism will become skinny as a rail, even when eating copious amounts of a high-quality cat food such as CANIDAE. They may, in fact, be ravenous all the time, and will also be thirsty and urinate more often. Hyperthyroidism can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity and a greasy or matted coat. Hyperthyroidism is quite common in older cats, most often diagnosed after they reach middle age.