This week’s Great Question is from Kate Z.
“I take my dogs to the vet every year. Do indoor cats need yearly checkups as well?”
Indoor only cats absolutely need annual check-ups. While they are not exposed to as many hazards as indoor/outdoor cats, they can still have medical problems that can be caught early -- such as kidney disease and hyperthyroidism -- with annual exams. Indoor cats can have just as many internal problems as their outdoor counterparts that can be made worse by being strictly indoors--such as asthma and urinary tract problems. If your cat is the type of cat that can become excessively stressed by trips to the vet, then I recommend yearly check-ups in the home with a traveling veterinarian.
Leanne Taylor, DVM