Screening for cats: early detection of diseases

The life expectancy of our pets is increasing - patients in veterinary practices are getting older. In addition to good care and loving care, preventive examinations for cats help our beloved velvet paws to experience many happy years as a senior. Read here how important good preventive care is for more than just domestic tigers. Older cats in particular should visit the vet regularly - Shutterstock / VGstockstudio

The goal of preventive examinations for cats and other animals is to identify diseases, damage and risk factors at an early stage. Many diseases and ailments can be better controlled if they are recognized early. In many cases, early therapies are not only more successful, but also cheaper.

Checkups for cats: Not just for seniors

When do cats count as seniors? A question that, as with people, cannot always be answered in general. In a press release from the Federal Association for Animal Health e. V. states that the aging process in cats really begins at around ten years of age. In the advanced age of cats, regular visits to the vet together with appropriate and age-appropriate keeping and care are a must. However, preventive medical examinations are also useful before entering senior age, since the foundation stone for a symptom-free and happy retirement is laid in younger years.

Which examinations are useful?

In addition to weight checks and a detailed medical history or recording of possible behavior changes such as increased meowing or other feeding behavior, thorough clinical examinations are usually carried out. These include: blood pressure measurements, urine tests, a large blood count and, depending on the case, other measures such as an X-ray or ultrasound scan, EKG or biopsies. Sometimes the determination of the thyroid values ​​can also be useful. Your veterinarian has to decide individually what the check-ups for your Sofapuma look like.

By the way, the most common diseases of older cats include kidney diseases, thyroid diseases and high blood pressure. The condition of the kidneys can be checked as part of a urine screening, while thyroid problems can be identified by blood tests and blood pressure can be monitored by regular measurements.

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Which checkups and at what age?

It is best to discuss with your veterinarian when which preventive check-ups are useful for your kitty. There you will also learn more about the costs of the respective examinations. A normal pension plan with basic examinations could look something like this:

Cats 7 years and older:

  • • 1x / year blood pressure test
  • • 1x / year clinical examination with weight control
  • • 1x / year urine test

Cats from 11 years old

  • • 1-2x / year blood pressure test
  • • 1-2x / year clinical examination with weight control
  • • 1x / year urine test
  • • 1x / year blood test

Cats 15 years and older

  • • 2x / year blood pressure test
  • • 2x / year clinical examination with weight control
  • • 2x / year urine test
  • • 1x / year blood test