Cat Health Care

Prevention is the best medicine! It’s true for us, and it’s true for our pets. At Badger Veterinary Hospital, we strongly believe that preventative medicine is the foundation to a long and healthy life for your pet.

Our pets are living longer. Since dogs and cats age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. With regular visits to your veterinarian, small problems can be caught quickly before they become major medical conditions.

Badger Veterinary Hospital offers a comprehensive health care program for your feline companions. We are interested in the overall health and wellbeing of your pet with a preventative approach including nutrition, exercise, behavior training, and immunizations.

Annual Wellness Exams

We recommend annual wellness visits to provide a thorough physical exam for your cat. These exams will help us catch any cat health problems early, before they become more serious. In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, a typical pet wellness visit to Badger Veterinary Hospital includes:

  • A discussion of things you can do to support your cat’s optimal health, such as diet, dental care, and exercise
  • Necessary core vaccines and non-core vaccines customized for your cat
  • A fecal test to screen for intestinal parasites
  • Flea/tick prevention
  • Early Detection Junior or Senior Health Panel recommendations

Vaccinations for Cats

Our recommended vaccination program enhances and maintains your pet’s present and future health. Core kitten and cat vaccinations protect against diseases that have high rates of infection, are usually severe and life-threatening, and have the potential to be transmitted from animals to people.

Core Vaccines for Cats:

  • Rabies
  • Herpesvirus (feline viral rhinotracheitis), Calcivirus, and Panleukopenia (given in combination with the HCP vaccination)

Non-core vaccines are recommended for most cats who may be exposed to the infectious diseases they protect against. We are happy to review which non-core vaccines make the most sense for your cat’s health and make the appropriate recommendations.

Non-Core Vaccines for Cats:

  • Feline Leukemia

Fecal Tests

Intestinal parasites, commonly referred to as “worms”, are one of the most common conditions seen in both kittens and adult cats. Furthermore, some intestinal parasites can be transmitted to humans.

Fecal tests allow your veterinarian to check your pet for intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and lungworms. All pets should be tested for parasites at least annually. More frequent fecals may be necessary for kittens.

Kitten litter deworming may be done every 2 to 4 weeks beginning at 2 weeks of age. We recommend checking a stool sample at the first appointment. Outdoor cats should be routinely dewormed 3 to 4 times a year for tapeworms and roundworms. Occasionally, tapeworm eggs will not be confirmed on a fecal exam, so owners should periodically examine their cat’s stool or hair surrounding the rectum for tapeworm segments. These segments resemble pieces of rice and are easy to spot.

Ultimately, the goal is to identify and treat parasitic infections that may compromise your pet’s health and may put your family at risk. Along with monthly, year-round preventatives, routine fecal tests are the best way to ensure that your pet and your household are safe from intestinal parasites.

Flea & Tick Prevention

Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk for fleas and ticks. We work with you to set up a preventative plan to avoid these pesky insects.

If not prevented or treated, fleas and ticks can cause a variety of health issues for cats, including:

  • Skin irritation
  • Rashes and skin infections
  • Transmission of disease and illness
  • Suffering from constant itching

There are many flea and tick products on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Our veterinarians can recommend the best flea and tick preventatives for your cat.

Spaying and Neutering Cats

Spaying or neutering your pet is highly recommended. An unspayed female cat can be responsible for producing up to 100 other cats throughout her lifetime, including the litters of kittens her unspayed kittens will eventually go on to have. This incredible number can be prevented simply by caring enough to spay or neuter your cat.

All spaying and neutering at Badger Veterinary Hospital is done with a surgical laser which reduces pain, bleeding, and healing time. It is recommended for male cats be neutered at 5 to 7 months of age. This is the same recommendation for female cats, with the caveat that it is preferable to perform a spay procedure before the first estrus or heat.

Dental Care

A buildup of bacteria in the mouth can lead to dental disease and other health conditions that can affect your dog’s major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. During your dog’s annual wellness exam, we’ll discuss his dental health and make recommendations for keeping his teeth and gums healthy. Read our detailed pet dental care recommendations.

Feline Nutrition

Just like us humans, your dog’s nutritional needs vary depending on breed, age, and lifestyle. Your dog will need a different formula as a puppy than as an adult dog. Your veterinarian can help you understand your dog’s basic nutrient needs and help you choose a high-quality diet that will support optimal growth and health throughout her lifetime. Read our detailed pet nutrition information.

Early Detection Junior and Senior Health Panels

Studies have shown as many as 17% of seniors cats that appear healthy upon physical examination have an underlying condition. Once symptoms appear, these conditions may be too difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Our Early Detection Junior and Senior Health Panels help identify problems and uncover hidden answers so your pet can be diagnosed and properly treated. Most importantly, you are helping give your faithful friend a longer and healthier life.

The Early Detection Junior Health Panel is your first step as a pet owner at being well informed and medically aware of any health changes in your dog or cat. Our Junior Health Panel includes:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) — Tests for anemia, infection, inflammation, and overall healthiness of blood cells.
  • Chemistry Panel — Surveys organ systems to make sure they are working normally. Tests include liver, kidney, pancreas, muscle, and bone.

As cats move into their senior phase (7 years and older) of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine companions: kidney, heart, and liver disease; cancer; diabetes; depression; arthritis; thyroid conditions; hormonal problems; neuroses and loss of sensory perception. Understanding these changes and how you can provide for your pet’s needs are essential to quality of life.

Our Senior Health Panel includes:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) — Tests for anemia, infection, inflammation, and overall healthiness of blood cells.
  • Chemistry Panels — Test organ systems to make sure they are working normally (liver, kidney, pancreas, muscle, bone).
  • Thyroid Function Tests — Tests for functions of the thyroid gland.
  • Urinalysis — Assesses the health and function of the urinary system, important for early detection of kidney disease.