Feline Health

At Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital we believe that preventative care is the foundation for a healthy, happy, long-lived pet. Cats age faster than people and most cats are mature by age two. At 8 to 10 years of age, cats are entering their senior years. Because cats age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short period of time. Many diseases are treatable if caught before irreversible changes have occurred. Therefore we recommend annual or twice annual physical examinations to help us diagnose, treat or prevent problems before they become life-threatening. During these examinations we will discuss and administer immunizations, internal and external parasite treatment and prevention, blood and urine tests and other measures to ensure prevention and early detection of disease.

The following are signs that your cat needs immediate care:

  • Signs that the kitten has swallowed something poisonous such as mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, seizures, or fever
  • Bleeding you can’t stop
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness or lethargy
  • Staggering or seizures
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Pooping more than twice in an hour or straining in the litter box with no results
  • Repeat  vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting
  • Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to use his/her leg