The visit should include:
• Any vaccinations you and the vet feel are needed.
• An examination of the cat's body, from nose to tail, to search for any lumps, growths, abscesses, parasites, or anything else out of the ordinary. He or she will also palpate, or manipulate the cat's body, to assess the health of the pet's internal organs.
• Weighing the cat and taking its temperature.
• Listening to its heart and breathing.
• Inspecting the cat's teeth and gums, ears, anus and vagina or penis.
• Checking the elasticity of the cat's skin - an indicator of how well hydrated the pet is. Poor elasticity often points to dehydration.
Excerpted from The K.I.S.S. Guide to Cat Care by Steve Duno
Copyright 2001 by Steve Duno.
Excerpted by permission of Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.
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