Opportunities For Early Diagnosis
To avoid attracting predators, cats are naturally adept at masking signs of weakness, illness or pain. Even if your cat is kept strictly indoors and seems to be behaving normally, there is a chance that they could be hiding a serious medical condition. Invisible health issues can include hyperthyroidism, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, poor kidney function, heart murmurs, and tooth problems.
At your cat’s yearly wellness visit, the veterinarian will examine your cat from nose to tail, carefully scanning for any abnormalities or signs of disease. They will also discuss with you any personality or behavioral changes. For example, if your cat has suddenly decided to forgo using the litter box, it is highly likely that there is an undiagnosed medical issue at the root of the problem, rather than the cat simply misbehaving. Your vet will then be able to narrow down the possible reasons for this behavior.
Alternatively, a routine blood panel can display high glucose, indicating the onset of diabetes. When caught early enough, treatment can begin, which will, in turn, improve the prognosis of the disease.
With an early diagnosis, your cat is able to be treated before the condition has time to advance. This could also result in less costly interventions down the line. Ultimately, the sooner an illness is caught, the sooner the comfort, health, and happiness of your cat will be improved.