Understanding what the recommended preventative health care recommendations are for your cat is an important part of cat ownership. Although cats are the most popular pet in the United States, they still get less attention and medical care compared to dogs. Studies show that owners take their dogs to the veterinarian on average of 2.3 times per year, compared to 1.1 times per year for cats. In addition, significantly more dogs (58%) then cats (28%) were seen by a veterinarian one or more times per year.
There is a misconception that owning is a cata is easier because they "do not need medical care". But cats often hide their disease and because of this cats are often perceived as being self sufficient.
The health care recommendations below are the consensus of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Life Stage Classification
Preventative Health Care Recommendations
2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report
AAFP-AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines