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Better Safe Than Sorry with Annual Visits

July 28, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I feel like it can be impossible to schedule doctors visits. I have one that’s been rescheduled multiple times, and I have a feeling it may get rescheduled again, too!


CG and Ellie on their way to the vet.

But when it comes to my kitties, I try to make sure their visits are regular. We go once a year — unless there’s an emergency or another significant issue — just to make sure things are OK.

This past weekend we took them in. I say they, because we actually took in both at once, and it worked out nicely. We went in with a game plan — an acronym to remember what we needed to discuss with the vet, and came up with PFEET. I know, not the best, but it was memorable. It was an acronym for: prescription food, Ellie’s eyes and teeth.

During our visit, we got the prescription renewed, the doctor gave us some tips for Ellie (one of her eyes gets runny every so often), and the vet checked their teeth. CG’s molars aren’t so great — this was news to me since I really only check his front teeth regularly. Ellie’s continues to chip away, but other than that, the doctor said she had beautiful teeth (?!).

The doctor continued their check-ups, and when it came to listening to Ellie’s heart, she paused. After listening a bit more, she told us she heard a heart murmur at first, but not again.

We chatted a bit about what that means and decided we’d bring her back in a month so the doctor could listen again.

Overall, the kitties behaved well and were in great shape. I have no idea how this murmur thing may pan out, but I’m not worried. If it’s something, I’ll be glad we caught it. If we don’t hear it again, we can move on — while of course remembering this just in case in the future.

I’m just so glad we keep up with their appointments. It can be expensive, but it really is a great form of preventative care; a way of staying on top of current and potential issues. It was the best money I spent that week — if not month.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren T. permalink
    August 6, 2014 8:43 am

    I’m a huge believer in preventative care for both humans and pets. I am a super stickler about yearly vet visits for Mimosa. I hope everything is ok with Ellie, please keep us posted!

  2. Roz permalink
    August 10, 2014 4:48 am

    I agree with you Amanda, I have always tried hard to keep up a regular yearly visit to the Vet with both cats, CH and non CH. Doing this has reduced the chance of anything going unnoticed and becoming a big ugly problem, and somehow it seems easier making the trip just once with both girls together 🙂

  3. August 21, 2015 11:25 pm

    My cat, Jezebel, was diagnosed with a mild heart murmur as a kitten. The Doc would assess murmur at annuals to determine if it was getting worse and would do an ECG as needed to assess heart function. Jezebel lived a good life with no heart problems. She was about 20 years old when she died.

  4. November 2, 2016 9:47 pm

    you might consider Pet Health Insurance.. we have it for our two (used to be three..) kitties. We even found a vet that makes house visits through the insurance! That is a blessing for us since our cats get major anxiety going for rides.. although, I found a natural herbal anti anxiety supplement (and one to prevent excessive licking/scratching after an unfortunate bout of fleas!) that works wonders! Use the anxiety one the day before and of the trip for best results.. (it may also help with your over clingy one..)
    Lots of love and luck with your babies!

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