How often should I take my cat to visit the vet?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
October 18, 2008 7:38pm CST
Hi, I was wondering how often should I take my cat to the vet, and whats the usually life expectancy for a cat I read that its 20 years is that true, and how do I know if my cat is sick what symptoms should I look out for, I love my cat so much, I sometimes worry about his health but so far he seems pretty healthy he's so energetic he's 2 years old and he always wants to play and he has a pretty healthy apatite so I think he's doing ok, but do anyone have an answer to this question?
2 responses
@RumDaisy (32)
• Canada
19 Oct 08
Well if your cat goes outdoors then he should go to the vet once a year. If your cat is strictly indoors many vets say that every other year is sufficient. The life expectancy of approximately 20 years is true. I have worked in vet clinics for over 10 years now and there are many clients we had with cats that were over 20 years old. As far as sympotoms for illness goes it really all depends on what the illness is. Basically you should always be monitoring your cat, and note if you notice any minor changes. If you notice a loss of weight, diarrhea, or vomitting then you should call your vet right away. With yearly vet visits you should have nothing to worry about.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
19 Oct 08
Thanks for the tips so far my cat is doing well and he has lots of energy he's constantly wanting to play and he's strictly indoors, once had a cat that lived 10 years, and I hope that my newest baby lives that long or longer he's my best one of my best friends.
• United States
19 Oct 08
I take my cat once a year to the vet. He is strictly an indoor cat, so I haven't had issues with him getting sick or injured. Things to look for to tell if your cat is sick are symptoms like loss of appitite, excessive vomiting (most cats barf once in awhile from hairballs) or a sudden change in energy level. If you let your cat outdoors, you will also have to watch out for fleas (which can lead to worms), ticks, ear mites and injuries from other animals like bites and scratches that can get infected or carry disease.