We all know how important preventative medicine is for ourselves, but did you know that it is even more important for our cat friends? Cat's are incredible at hiding disease symptoms, a genetic trait that they have inherited from their big cat relatives, therefore regular exams are essential for keeping your pet as healthy as possible.
Outdoor cats need heartworm prevention just like their canine cousins. Exposure to mosquito bites is how cats get infected with heartworms. Unlike dogs, cats usually present to our cat veterinary hospital with coughs or other respiratory symptoms similar to asthma.
We at Cat Clinic of Beach Park, a feline vet clinic in Tampa FL, are often asked "why should I bring my cat in since they are indoors and aren't sick." The short and simple answer is: cat's are very good at hiding illness.
Did you know that cat's can get heartworms? Living in Tampa FL, where the moquitos are plentiful, it is very important that your cat be considered for heartworm prevention. Our recommendation at Cat Clinic of Beach Park is to have all outdoor cats on a heartworm prevention. We currently recommend Revolution, a once a month topical that also protects against fleas and intestinal parasites.