Feline Wellness

The Importance of Annual Vet Visits

January 03, 2024

Has your cat seen a vet recently? Even if your cat seems happy and healthy, routine vet visits are very important. Regular checks-ups help to maintain the health and well-being of your cat for years to come. Here are just some of the many reasons why annual exams are so important.

Early Disease Detection:

Routine veterinary check-ups allow for the early detection of potential health issues. Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness, and some conditions may not show obvious symptoms until they are in advanced stages. During annual visits, the vet can identify subtle signs and conduct tests to diagnose diseases early when they are more manageable. They  can create a preventive care plan tailored to your cat's individual needs to prevent potential problems before they become more challenging - and expensive - to treat.

Weight Management:

Regular vet visits and weigh-ins can help monitor your cat’s health and ensure they are maintaining a healthy weight. Weight gain and obesity are common in cats, particularly as they age and become more sedentary, and can cause an array of health issues. Weight loss can also be a symptom of health issues including kidney disease and cancer so having a health history with your cat’s weights on file can help detect when problems began. A veterinarian can inform you about the nutritional requirements for your cat based on their age, weight, and health. 


Vaccinations are essential to protect your cat against diseases, especially if they go outside or if you foster cats and kittens. Vet exams ensure that your cat receives the necessary vaccinations depending on their age and health to prevent common and potentially life-threatening diseases like pan leukopenia and calici virus. 

Parasite Prevention:

Even though they are super small, parasites like fleas, worms, and mites can have a huge impact on your cat’s health. They can easily cause lethargy, anemia, diarrhea, vomiting, and more. Regular veterinary visits with de-wormings and flea treatments can help monitor and prevent infestations. This is super important if you foster other animals!

Dental Health:

Dental issues are common in cats and cats should visit the dental regularly. Annual teeth cleanings help combat dental disease that can otherwise lead to significant health problems. Dental issues and extractions are notoriously expensive so it’s best to get a check-up and start some preventative care. Cats can use toothbrushes too! 

Senior Screenings:

As cats age, they should visit the vet more frequently and you may want to consider bi-yearly rather than annual exams since their health can change so rapidly. Senior cats are more likely to develop certain issues, such as arthritis and dental, heart, or kidney disease. Regular vet visits and routine blood work are critical for senior cats to monitor their health, diagnose and treat issues early, and adjust their care and diet accordingly.

Even if your cat seems to be healthy, veterinary check-ups are important for preventive care, early disease detection, and maintaining their overall health and well-being. Annual exams are an essential part of owning a pet since they help your cat to lead a long and happy life.

Love, Nala