Our facility is designed with cats in mind! We have elevated “cat parking” in our waiting room and specialized equipment to minimize stress during their visit. Our staff are also specially trained with Fear Free techniques to ease the stress of feline vet visits by approaching and handling cats in a gentle and caring manner.
Cats are extraordinary creatures. They really can’t be described using any single word; they can be avid hunters, territorial, highly independent, and yet extremely social, loving companions. Part of the appeal of having a cat as a roommate and friend is their self-reliance: they are able to groom themselves, use a litter box, and seem to require minimal care when you are going out of town.
So, why does a seemingly healthy cat need to see their veterinarian yearly?
Disease can be introduced into your household through fleas and ticks, mosquitoes, newly adopted cats, fomites (any object such as clothing or shoes that can carry infection indoors), and more. Cats that go outdoors can also contract disease from other cats in the neighborhood simply through saliva (cat bites, sharing food/water bowls, etc.) or airborne infections (through sneezing, coughing). Because they are not at the top of the food chain in the wild, a sick cat may not show any signs of illness until it is severe.
For these reasons and more, cats should have a complete exam at least once a year that includes annual vaccines and preventatives.
These visits include dental and general wellness exams to monitor things like:
- Early Liver or Kidney Disease
- Plaque Buildup
- Gum Disease
- Ear Infections
- and more!
Oakwell also offers spaying and neutering services to prevent a variety of serious future medical problems or unwanted litters.
Senior cats over 12 years of age should see their veterinarian up to twice a year for early-detection bloodwork and examinations. With these visits, our team will discuss a wellness plan that will help protect your feline companions and potentially identify any illness in the early stages of treatment.
Schedule your appointment today with our cat-loving staff!