We take the internationally-recognised 'Life-stages' approach to feline preventative healthcare. Just like us, your cat's healthcare needs will change as the years progress. This system allows us to focus on the issues that are most likely to face your cat at any given time in his or her life.
Kitten From Birth to 6 months. This is an exciting time, when your new kitten will be celebrated, cuddled and played with until everyone is exhausted! It is also a time when you will be a regular visitor to your vet clinic. During this stage, we will address play and socialisation, training, feeding and growing. We will start vaccinations and parasite control, which will continue throughout your cat's life. Spaying or neutering is recommended from 4 months old and can be discussed during your first appointments.
Junior From 7 months to 2 years. Your kitten has become a teenager! During this phase we will assist with any training or behavioral issues that arise. We will pay particular attention to diet and dental hygiene for your growing cat.
Adult From 3 to 6 years. This is prime cat life! While this is a relatively healthy phase of life, we are monitoring general health, alongside weight and dental health. Dental health issues are very common in cats, and since cats can't tell us they have a toothache, dental problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease and root lesions often go undetected without veterinary intervention. Obesity is on the rise in our pet cat population and predisposes our feline friends to a host of health problems. Addressed earlier in life, it will be an easier problem to correct.
Mature From 7 to 10 years. This is a phase where early detection becomes key. The mature cat is at risk of developing many medical conditions, particularly common are diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), thyroid and kidney disease. The signs of these diseases may not become evident until the disease has progressed substantially, but with regular check ups and monitoring, we can detect and treat earlier, which can improve outcomes. This may involve blood pressure, urine or blood tests.
Senior From 11 to 14 years. The signs of age and the signs of disease can be easily mistaken for each other. Regular check ups will allow us to identify any new conditions that present, arthritis often occurs during this life stage, and to monitor treatment of any existing conditions. Blood pressure and urine tests are recommended annually, and we may recommend twice yearly visits
Geriatric From 15 years onwards. During the 'Golden Years', we need to maximize our cats' quality of life. This means managing any medical conditions, and maintaining good body weight and mobility. And when that time comes, we are here to discuss all options regarding palliative care and end-of-life decisions. We recommend at least twice yearly check-ups, depending on the individual cats needs.