Regular visits to the veterinarian are a necessity for pets of all ages. Puppies benefit from frequent visits to the vet to ensure that their vaccinations are up-to-date; and senior cats also need to visit the vet more often considering that they are now prone to more health problems.
Cats are experts when it comes to hiding signs of pain, and if the owner is not attentive enough, he may not notice that his pet is suffering from a health issue unless complications set and the problem has become more serious.
Some signs that warrant a visit to the vet include:
- Sudden change in appetite
Any change in your pet’s eating patterns – eating less or more—should be checked out by your vet.
- Bad breath and other dental problems
Senior cats with tooth and gum problems often have distinctly foul-smelling breath. Owners should make a habit of checking their cat’s teeth and gums to check for any signs of tartar buildup, decaying teeth, mouth ulcers and other signs of periodontal disease. Bad breath and other oral health problems may also be symptoms of diabetes mellitus, oral cancer, kidney disease, and infections.