Are wellness exams really necessary? YES!!!! Cats, especially older cats, will mask and hide symptoms of an illness until they are severely debilitated. Many people assume that a cat that never goes outside or to the boarding facility does not need to be examined, but they miss out on early detection of many manageable health problems which could shorten the life expectancy of their dear companion. Cats that show clinical symptoms (weight loss, dehydration, vomiting, increased thirst and urination) of kidney disease have usually already lost more than 75% kidney function.
Animals that show symptoms of heart failure (coughing, muscle wasting, and lethargy) probably already have irreparable physical damage to their heart muscle. Most of these problems may be detected during yearly wellness exams and allow for early treatment options.