Preventative Medicine

Wellness Exams and Preventative Medicine

Here at Purradise, we are firm believers in the value of preventative care. Illnesses and disease are most easily treated/cured when we are able to identify them early in the process. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment.

Kitty’s first checkup (Under 1 year):

Most cats are not fully up to date on vaccines upon adoption. Some may actually be sick and occasionally, some cats may carry diseases potentially contagious to humans and other animals. To make sure that you are starting off on the right foot, make an appointment ASAP to have your cat evaluated by a veterinarian.

At your cat’s first Purradise exam your veterinarian will screen for the following things:

  • Vaccination status
  • Intestinal parasites/worms
  • Fleas/Mites/Ticks
  • Neurologic problems
  • Ear infections
  • Eye infections
  • Upper Respiratory Tract infections
  • Ringworm
  • Congenital Heart Problems
  • Cleft Palate
  • Hernias
  • Vision Problems
  • Allergies
  • Behavioral concerns
  • FeLV/FIV status

You may be surprised to learn that your cat will be vulnerable to a number of diseases whether or not your cat spends time outdoors.

Adults (1-7 years):

Purradise recommends annual check-ups for all adult cats. During your cat’s annual physical exam, our veterinarians will perform a head to tail “100 point kitty inspection” on your adorable furry family member. Illnesses and disease are most easily treated/cured when we are able to identify them early in the process.

Common Problems of Young Adult Cats:

  • Dental Disease
    • Periodontal Disease
    • Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions
  • Chronic upper respiratory tract infections
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Fleas
  • Intestinal Parasites
  • Obesity

Mature Cats – Time to pay a bit more attention (7-14 years):

While most cats in this age group enjoy generally good health, this is the age where we begin to see the early stages of senior diseases (see “Special Needs of Senior Cats” below). Since most cats are asymptomatic in the early stages of these diseases, Purradise recommends that all mature cats have senior wellness labs performed annually at a minimum.

Catching diseases early maximizes our ability to effectively manage these conditions so that your cat may continue to thrive.

Special Needs of Senior/Geriatric Cats (15 years and older):

It’s not easy getting old! Senior cats face their own unique challenges day to day and their preventative care needs to be adjusted appropriately as they age.

Common health concerns for senior cats may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dental Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Thromboembolism (stroke)
  • Cognitive Decline (senility/dementia)

We recommend that senior/geriatric cats be screened every six months – since there is a sharp increase in the risk of becoming ill at this age and since the consequences of missing a diagnosis and delaying treatment by a few months can be dire. At this stage in a cat’s life, six months is equal to three human years.

We live in this incredible age of modern medicine that allows us to detect so many diseases at early stages. It is not uncommon for a cat to not only live to be 18-23 years but to thrive at those ages as well!

Purradise is honored and excited to be your support throughout this crazy journey of life. Know that both you and your furry friend are Ohana. We are all in this together and together with love we will all