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Cats – When Should Your Cat See a Veterinarian?

Annual Physical Exams

Cats tend to hide their illnesses in the early stages. A veterinarian can detect signs of disease and treat or prevent problems from progressing. You should take your cat to your veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical examination.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations help protect your cat from severe and/or fatal diseases. Kittens should be vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Afterwards, cats receive yearly boosters. Vaccinations cost considerably less than the treatments for the diseases cats are vaccinated against. All cats should be vaccinated-even indoor cats!

Spaying & Neutering

Ontario animal shelters and rescue groups are overwhelmed with the number of unwanted kittens and cats. Every year, thousands of cats are humanely destroyed because of overpopulation. A female cat can have 2–4 litters a year, with an average litter size of 2-6 kittens. The average age recommended to have your cat spayed or neutered is six months old.

Some signs that should cause you to seek veterinary attention for your cat:

  • Straining in the litterbox
  • Eliminating outside the litterbox
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Coughing/Sneezing
  • Lameness/Limping
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Sudden Blindness
  • Unusual Vocalizing
  • Not Eating for 2 -3 Days
  • Drinking more than usual
  • Weight loss
  • Any unusual behaviour for your pet

Call us today to book your cat an appointment!

Written by Dr. Adam Mahovlich, DVM

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Last updated: December 27, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. NO-SHOW POLICY IN EFFECT

To ensure all of our patients and clients get the best care possible, please let us know if you cannot make the appointment. All no-shows will be recorded and clients with multiple no-shows may be asked for a deposit before making future appointments. We understand that unforeseen circumstances and emergencies arise. A simple phone call before your scheduled appointment is all that is required - 24 hours notice preferred. This will allow us to offer that spot to a pet in need.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Talbot Animal Clinic