Dr. Jennifer Creed is an experienced veterinarian with a focus on feline care. As a breeder and rescuer of Ragdoll cats and a former emergency veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed has aided many animals throughout her career. Sometimes, owners don’t know when to take their cat to the vet, but there are some signs to look for.
One of the first indicators that a vet visit is needed is if a cat starts meowing and yowling more than typical. While some cat breeds are generally noisier than others, vocalizing can mean that something is wrong or that the cat is in pain. If your cat is not in heat, and does not typically make much noise, this behavior warrants taking it in for an appointment. Other signs that a cat may need a checkup include stopping eating or not using the litter box, limping, vomiting excessively, or other symptoms that last more than a couple of days.
Outside of emergency visits, owners should plan to take their cats in to the vet at least once a year. Some vets may recommend twice a year, depending on the cat’s age and pre-existing conditions. It is important to keep current on any and all vaccinations for all pets, not just cats, and especially pets that go outside. At a typical visit, a vet will probably check the cat for parasites, bumps or lesions, wounds, and check on the cat’s breathing and heart.