I take my cat to the vet every six months for a checkup. If I have any concerns in between, I go earlier and if I’m good then it’s doggy to the vet home. Have you ever seen a cat that wasn’t hungry? Mine comes running anytime there’s finger food so even though she eats like she should it was time for her yearly clean out and exam anyway, just in case! It’s possible your cat is one of those lucky few who can tolerate dirty litter boxes, flies buzzing around its ears or fleas hopping on its backside but what happens when something goes ‘bump’? What about allergies or tumors? Though these may remain unnoticed now they aren’t going to disappear and the only way to catch them is to take your kitty in at least every six months, earlier if you see any symptoms.
In veterinary medicine it’s been said that a cat will show signs of illness when they’re about 7-10% into their disease process. At this stage, they can be treated before a crisis occurs. The larger a tumor or the more advanced a cancer, the harder it is to treat and yes, even cats can die from cancer!
Finally there’s preventative care which many people feel is ‘unnecessary’. I beg to differ because having a yearly full exam that includes blood work, urinalysis and complete physical means finding and treating issues in its early stages before they become life threatening. I’m not planning on losing my sweetie too soon to a preventable illness that could have been treated.