Why Do Cats Need Regular Check-Ups and Screenings?

First, our beloved pets can't speak, so they have a hard time telling us if they feel sick or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them every 6-12 months, as well as run some routine screening tests to detect underlying disease before it is clinically apparent.

Second, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation. So when we screen regularly, we increase the chances of catching a disease before it's too late to reverse.

Use the age chart below to find your pet's age in "people" years, along with the screening tests recommended for each stage your kitty's life. (These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.)

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your cats live longer, healthier lives.

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