Prolong Your Cat's Life

Veterinary Services of Aiken provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

aafp-cat-friendly-practiceOur veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

To help minimize the anxiety of our feline patients and to help increase their comfort while visiting, Veterinary Services of Aiken offers an exclusive cat-only reception area and exam room. Learn more about our Cat Friendly Practice status here!

Do you know how old your pet really is?

 Cat's Age Age in Human Years
5 36
6 40
7 44
8 48
9 52
10 56
11 60
12 64
13 68
14 72
15 76
16 80
17 84
18 88
19 92

 

The following is a summary of the veterinary care needed for the major stages of life (kitten-adult-senior) for cats.

Kitten Care (6 through 12 weeks of age)

  • Intestinal deworming
  • Leukemia/FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) test
  • Depending on their monthly age, vaccines to protect against Respiratory viruses at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • All kittens (regardless of indoor or outdoor lifestyle) should also receive 2 sets of Leukemia vaccines their first year of life at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • Rabies vaccine when 3 months of age required by South Carolina state law for every cat
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Discussion of laser declaw procedure
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Microchip

Adult Cat (1 to 7 years of age)

  • Yearly physical examination  
  • Appropriate vaccinations (if indoor cat, Respiratory vaccines and if outdoor cat, Respiratory and Leukemia vaccines)
  • If outdoor cat, consider Leukemia/FIV testing every year
  • If outdoor cat, intestinal deworming recommended
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Dental examination with discussion of preventive care
  • Consultation on diet, weight, and/or behavior problems
  • Baseline blood panel
  • Baseline chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Senior Cat (8 years and older)

  • Physical examination every 6 months
  • Appropriate vaccinations (if indoor cat, Respiratory vaccines and if outdoor cat, Respiratory and Leukemia vaccines)
  • If outdoor cat, intestinal deworming recommended
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Administration of flea/tick control
  • Wellness blood profile (which includes chemistry, red and white blood cell count, thyroid and heartworm test)
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest x-ray
  • Geriatric EKG
  • Blood pressure readins
  • If on chronic medications (e.g., pain, heart, kidney), discussion on appropriate monitoring tests

Cat Care Tips

Check out our tips on making it easier to bring your cat to the veterinarian here.