Annie and Eddie’s One Year Checkup
It is hard to believe that Annie and Eddie are now a little over one year old and time for their checkup visit to The Morris Veterinary Clinic. Both kittens, yes I still call them the kittens, still fit into their carrier although it was a bit more snug than last October.
Annie is super protective of Eddie. As you can see in the photo above, she guards Eddie. The look on her face says it all doesn’t it? She is telling us, “You are going to have to get past me to get to Eddie”. So, we gently picked Annie up and out of the carrier. She is really such a nice cat. She remained docile during her exam although she whined like a puppy. I started to get a little worried when Dr. Alison was listening to her heart and lungs because it was taking longer but Annie was making it a little more difficult for Alison to hear with her tiny cries.
Annie got a clean bill of health. My concerns were that she seems to get a bit more eye “crusties” and boogies than other cats. I was assured that some cats, just like people, are more prone to get this harmless debris and not a concern unless the discharge turns funky colors, like yellow or green. Annie has long legs like a bobcat and weighed in at 8.9 pounds. A perfect weight for her body type.
Then is was time for Eddie’s checkup. We gently pried Eddie out of the carrier before allowing Annie to return. Annie doesn’t like it one bit when Eddie is examined. She begins to growl like a wildcat and it is hard to believe that sweet Annie can make that kind of noise.
Eddie is such a gentle soul. He is just quiet as can be except when he is separated from Annie and then he lets out the tiniest high pitched chirp as he tries to locate her. So while Annie was growling like a wildcat, Eddie was chirping back to her.
Eddie got a mostly clean bill of health but there are some issues with his teeth and gums. His plaque build up is impressive for a one year old and his gums are inflamed. He will be returning soon for x-rays and a further exam of his teeth. His heart and lungs are perfect and he weighed in at 7 pounds. He is a smaller cat so this is a good weight for his body type too.
As soon as Eddie returned to the carrier, Annie positioned herself in front of him. As you can see, Eddie is in the back of the carrier rubbing his head up against Annie.
Did you know that the average cat visits the veterinarian less than half as often as the average dog? Yes, cats can be a bit more challenging when it come to car rides but an annual checkup is important for your cat and here are three reasons why.
3 Reasons Your Cat Should Have an Annual Checkup
1. Your cat’s physical exam enables your veterinarian to detect health problems such as heart murmur, dental disease (like Eddie is experiencing.) diabetes and any other early warning signs of a health issue.
2. Your veterinarian will work with you to make sure your cat’s vaccine plan is properly suited for their lifestyle. Vaccinations can prevent death from diseases such as rabies, distemper or feline leukemia.
3. Your cat’s doctor will get to know not only your cat but you too. While your veterinarian learns about your cat’s health by keeping recorded weight, body condition, eye “crusties” teeth issues and more, they are also getting to know you as the cat parent and you are getting to know them as your cat’s doctor. This is important in case of an emergency. This established relationship with the doctors at the clinic enables you to feel more comfortable and trusting during a high stress visit.
Everybody Knows Your Name and We Know Theirs Too
We have been visiting the Morris Veterinary Clinic for over twenty years now. Hazel and Gracey both were patients of the clinic. As you know, Gracey suffered quite a few ailments during her life and our relationship with the doctors at the clinic helped not only Gracey but Paul and I get through the tough times. When your loved one is ill, there is always a moment of doubt and concern. You question whether you are doing enough or choosing the right plan of care.
Because of our long relationship with the Morris Veterinary Clinic, not only the doctors, but the vet techs know our cats. This is so comforting when the cats need to stay at the clinic for any length of time. We know they are in good hands and that they will be cared for and loved in our absence.
It seems like a little thing, but when you know the names of not only the doctors but of the staff and they know both your cat’s name and yours, it is comforting. This genuine camaraderie and trust is special during routine visits but becomes invaluable during emergency times.