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When To Send Your Pet Cats To The Vet For A Health Check

As a responsible cat owner, you should send your pet cat to the vet for a health check regularly. Your pet cat depends on you to ensure that all is well with its health in every aspect. You should also inspect your pet cat regularly to detect any sign of disease or problem on top of the trip to the vet. Be observant and look out for problem with eyes, ears, mouth, limbs and private parts.

Checking Your Pet Cat's Teeth

Dental problem affects your pet cat just as us humans. Poor dental will lead to a host of problems including infection and poor eating. Especially, if you pamper your pet cat with pet treats, you should check your cat's teeth periodically. Pet treats tend to be soft and can get trapped in between the teeth. Likewise for table scraps. They are also high in sugar content which can lead to cavities and gum diseases in your pet animal.

Check your pet cat's mouth for signs of swollen gums and bad breath by gentling pulling open its mouth. Look out for tartar, plague, abscesses and cavities. If your pet cat has periodontal problems, if will probably lose its appetite as it will encounter pain and discomfort during eating. Swollen gums and bad breath are early symptoms of periodontal problem as well.

Do brush your pet cats' teeth regularly. Do not use human toothpaste. USe the proper pet toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Pet toothpaste need not be rinse off and is safe to be swallow. If there is a build up of plaque, you will need to send you pet cat to the vet for a scaling. This would be done under anaesthesia but if you help to maintain your pet cat's dental health and diet, you would not need to send your pet cat to the vet more than once every few years.

Checking Your Pet Cat's Reproductive System

It is not about reproduction. It is more about the general health of your pet cat. Look out for unusual discharges, growths, swelling or lumps, redness and discoloration. If your pet cat has problem urinating or changes its toilet habits, it may be time to call the vet for a health check appointment.

For a male cat, check the testicles to see whether they are the same size. Uneven hardness and lumpiness or swelling are sign of problems. For female cats, the vaginal opening may swell when se is in heat and there may be blood-tinged discharge. This is normal. But if it is not due to heat, a trip to vet is necessary. You can tell when she is in heat as your female pet cat will groom excessively and lick the genital area. If she is not in heat and yet lick the genital area obsessively, it could be the sign of a urinary tract disorder. This must be referred to the vet promptly before it turn into a serious problem.

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