July 2009 Issue

A Health Checklist to Perform at Home

Nothing replaces regular veterinary visits to keep your cat in optimum health. But you should be part of the team, too.

The owner is the veterinarianís eyes and hands away from the office," explains Fred Scott, DVM, PhD, interim director of Cornellís Feline Health Center. For this reason, it is important to be familiar with the steps involved in doing an at-home mini-physical examination on your cat. This should supplement your catís twice yearly trips to the veterinarian. Performing an at-home physical examination is much easier than you might think; in fact, Dr. Scott points out, the examination should be a normal extension of the regular attention you give your cat.

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