Adult Cat Wellness

More than 10 percent of pets brought to veterinary clinics for checkups have some type of underlying disease or abnormality, according to published research.  Adult examinations are encouraged on a yearly basis.

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual... (animal). Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the... (animal).”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Parainfluenza)
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost every 3 years, lifelong
  • Feline Leukemia
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost yearly or every 2 years if low risk
  • Rabies
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost yearly

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Our clinic follows guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Indoor Cats

  • Deworm annually with Profendor
  • Perform fecal yearly

Outdoor Cats

  • Deworm yearly with Profendor then Strongid sent home in individual syringes to be administered orally every 3 months for 3 treatments.
  • Perform fecal yearly

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Yes,you can teach your adult cat to have its teeth brushed and we highly recommend it. Here is other advice as well. 

Preventive Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew; better to rinse; but it is best to brush!

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede further, exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and the bony tooth sockets Left untreated, the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens and falls out.

Resorptive Lesions

One of the more common oral abnormalities seen in veterinary practice is the feline oral resorptive lesion (FORL). FORLs are usually found on the outside surface of the tooth where the gum meets the tooth surface.  The resorptive lesion erodes into the sensitive underlying dentin, causing a cat to experience pain, manifested as muscular spasms or trembling of the jaw whenever the lesion is touched. Cats with FORLs may show increased salivation, oral bleeding, or difficulty eating. 

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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial and is formulated for maintenance.

RecommendationHill's® Healthy Advantage™ Adult Feline

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.

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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to and if behavioral problems occur.

House soiling

House soiling in cats is the most common behavioral complaint of cat owners and can have medical and behavioral components.  You can start with determining whether you made a change to the litter or litter area around the time the problem started; if so, switch back to the preferred litter or site. Alternately try a different type of litter such as one that is clumping. Many cats dislike kitty litter that contains strong deodorizers or perfumes. Ensure that you provide one more litter box than the total number of cats in the home, in at least two different locations (i.e., if you have three cats, provide at least four litter boxes). Consider putting one of the boxes near to the area where the soiling occurs. Clean the boxes daily and change the litter in the boxes weekly. If after a couple of weeks the problem has not resolved, then a more intense evaluation of the factors that might be causing the problem will be required and other treatments may be needed.

Fears and Phobias

When frightened, some cats may hide, try to appear smaller, pull their ears back and be immobile. Other cats may show signs of agitation or aggression, such as dilated pupils, arched back, pilo-erection (hair standing on end), and hissing.  Often there are certain situations, people, and places that provoke the behavior more than others. For treatment to be most successful, it is important to be able to place the fearful stimuli along a gradient from low to high. Identify those situations, people, places and animals that are least likely, as well as most likely, to cause the fear.  Until behavior modification has been completed, try and avoid the fear-producing stimulus, if possible. Pheromone therapy in the form of a diffuser in the home or a spray on the cat’s mat or bedding (Feliway®) may help to reduce fear.

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The Doctors and Staff of Redmond Veterinary Clinic believe maintaining a well groomed animal is an extension of good overall health.  

The general condition of your cat's skin and coat are good indicators of its health. Although health and nutrition influence the luster and texture of your cat's coat from the inside, regular grooming and skin care on the outside will help keep your cat's coat clean and free of tangles, no matter what type of hair coat he or she has.

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Many of our adult patients pain goes undiagnosed because we attribute the subtle changes in our cats to “old age” or “slowing down.”

Occasionally, we see a senior cat in practice that resents being handled in the examination room. Common comments we hear from the owners are:

  • “She doesn’t like to be picked up.”
  • “He doesn’t like to be petted on his back (below the waist, over his hips, etc.).”
  • “She doesn’t like me to touch her there” (wherever that may be).
  • “My cat used to be really friendly, but now he hides under the bed when we have company and becomes aggressive when people try to pet him.”

In any of the above scenarios, pain should be on the list of considerations. Cats tend to hide their pain, so don’t ignore these behavioral clues into your aging cat’s condition. The sooner we identify and treat pain, the better it is for everyone.