Well Cat Scheme

We are taking part in the FAB (Feline Advisory Bureau) Well Cat for Life Scheme (Please visit www.fabcats.org for more details). The aim of this scheme is to provide optimum health care for OAP cats.

Cats are classed as mature between 7 and 10 years, senior between 10 and 15 years, and geriatric after 15 years of age. This means that a ten year old cat is thought to be the equivalent of a 56 year old human, and a 20 year old cat the equivalent of a 96 year old human!

Cats become much more vulnerable as they age and there are many simple changes you can make at home to significantly improve their quality of life for example proving litter trays with shallow sides can make toileting more comfortable for a cat with arthritis, and feeding smaller frequent meals may help to keep an older cat's appetite up if they have a reduced sense of smell and taste. We can discuss these and many other helpful hints for older cat care with you at your free Well Cat cat check-up.

The free check up also includes:

  • A physical examination
  • A blood pressure measurement
  • A urine test (to look for signs of kidney disease or urine infections)
  • An opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have regarding your cats health

These checks provide an important opportunity to detect and monitor any health problems such as Kidney disease and Hyperthyroidism, which are two very common conditions in older cats. The earlier these diseases are diagnosed, the more effective the treatment is likely to be.

We will automatically carry out a Well Cat check-up (including the above tests) at your cat's routine booster consultation. If your cat is not vaccinated we would like to invite you to make an appointment with one of our nurses for a free Well Cat check-up.

It would be very helpful if you could take the time to print then fill out this questionnaire and bring it to your appointment. In order to test your cat's urine we ask you to pick up a free bag of non-absorbent cat litter from our clinic a few days beforehand. One of our staff will explain how to use the litter and you can then bring the sample to your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you and your cat soon.