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Taking your adult cat in for regular annual health assessments is important because they provide baseline information and allow the veterinarian to detect any health problems before they become serious. As cats become older, we recommend you bring your cat in every 6 months for a geriatric health assessment. Did you know that 1 year for a cat is equivalent to 4-7 years for a human? A lot can change in just 1 year of a cat’s life.

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FAQs About Cats

Do I need to treat my cat with flea control all year round in Victoria?

It is recommended to have your pet on flea control all year round because of the dry summers and mild winters, it doesn’t get cold enough to kill them. However, spring and summer are generally much worse for fleas.

Why should I spay/neuter my cat?

The decision to spay or neuter your cat is an important one for cat owners. But it can be the single best decision you make for their long term welfare.

  • Spaying/Neutering your cat can improve their overall health
  • Prevent roaming
  • Reduce unruly behavior

Why should I microchip my cat?

Micro chipping your cat is an excellent means of identification. It won’t fade over time like a tattoo or fall off like a tag. A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. The chip traces to your address and phone number.

What are by-products in cat food?

A by-product is any ingredient that is produced or left over when some other product or ingredient is made. By-products in pet foods that meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines come from clean animal parts other than meat, such as liver, kidneys and other organs which are an excellent source of protein.