• 1 month ago

    flea meds

    Can someone tell me why my cats have to see a vet yearly to get their flea meds. I get them rabies every 3 years. Other than that, they don't need to see the vet. I monitor their health and can tell if they are sick and need to see the vet. I think it's a big scam so they can rake in more money. Last I checked, it cost me $50 just to walk in the door at the vets. I just hope the flea treatment I get from Amazon does the trick.

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: flea meds

    Hi bwaba,

    I have to, respectfully, disagree with you that a cat only needs to see a vet every 3 years. Assuming you are not a vet who has had years of training ... it is not possible to simply "look" at a cat and know that it is healthy. A good exam will include listening to the heart and palpating organs ... and other observations that most of us not trained in veterinary medicine may miss. The exam will also generally include questions about the cat's diet, litterbox habits, and other environmental and life-style factors that could influence the cat's health or risk of disease. It is also important to have occasional blood work done ... which can help set base-lines in healthy, young cats ... and also help to catch some problems (like chronic kidney disease) early. Particularly as a cat ages, it is important to do periodic (yearly?) blood work.

    One needs to remember that cats age much more quickly than humans. When cats are young, one year can be the equivalent of 5-7 years for a human ... and as an adult, each year is about the equivalent of 4 years to a human. That becomes increasingly important as the cat ages. Waiting 3 years to go to a vet is like a human waiting 12 years.

    I think an exam as a prerequisite for flea treatment is not that important. But an annual exam for the purpose of monitoring the cat's health and catching issues early ... is extremely important ... and I think a part of being a responsible owner. It is just a reality that pet ownership costs money ... and the cost of an annual exam should be considered part of the cost of having a cat. I know what it is like to have tight finances ... but to the extent possible, I think an annual wellness exam is very important and a priority for me for my own cats.

    Catching health issues early can end up saving more money ... than waiting till something is advanced. Cats still have their wild instincts to hide weakness and illness as long as possible. So by the time you notice something, the health issue may be so advanced that it will either cost you a great deal to treat ... or you will lose your cat sooner than necessary. I don't believe vets that recommend annual exams are gouging anyone. They want to make sure that the cat has good health care and any issues are identified early so that the cat may have a longer and healthier, happier life.
      • 1 month ago
        Hello, thanks for the info regarding a cat's health. You will be happy to know that I have scheduled an appointment for both my cats to see the vet.

        After thinking about it, I really don't trust online flea meds. Besides the prescription meds from the vet also protect against 3 kinds of worms and ear mites. I might as well get the best that's out there for my guys.

        You made me feel guilty with your statement about being "financially tight." Luckily, I am not strapped for cash; I guess I was just being cheap. So, it's off to the vet I go.

        FYI: I have had 12 cats throughout my lifetime and 6 of them lived into their early 20s. I hope my last two will live as long, or maybe even longer. Thanks for your reply.
      • 1 month ago
        Hi bwaba,

        Good to hear your cats are going for a check-up ... though they probably aren't too happy about it. :-)

        Sorry for the "financially tight" statement. I was thinking more of myself. I do spend more than I can afford on my cats. I always said that I would only have one cat at a time ... so that I could afford good care and wouldn't have to make decisions based on finances. I DO only "own" one cat ... but the three "apartment complex community cats" have adopted me and I take care of them. They have become indoor/outdoor cats and I now understand that cost can sometimes become a factor for people. I have a good vet (a mobile vet who comes to my place) ... who often talks me out of some tests. She knows the expense and her philosophy is that if the results of the test will not change how we treat or don't treat ... then why spend the money on it. I have an interest in veterinary medicine (but am too old to pursue it) ... and I like to test and know the results. But I'm glad my vet keeps me from doing unnecessary tests, just for my curiosity of what the results may be.

        Anyway, I apologize for making you feel guilty. Obviously, I don't know you or your circumstances at all. I know that some people who post here have little money and are trying to avoid going to a vet ... though it is not possible to diagnose over the internet and often the only way to know what a problem is and how to treat it requires a vet visit. I didn't mean to be judging you and apologize if I came across that way.

        It is also wise of you to be wary of online flea meds ... even buying some of the "brand name" products on line. There is a known problem with "counterfeit" products being sold online that look like the real thing ... but have diluted or altered products. If buying online, it is very important to be careful to buy from a reputable site. I always prefer to buy things from my vet ... both because I have more confidence in getting a good and authentic product ... and because I prefer to help support my vet. It's a tough profession and vets with their own private practice struggle to compete with the big chains. I'm willing to pay a bit more to support her.

        And I'm impressed that you have had six cats live into their 20s! Obviously, you give them good care (and they have good genetics). I aim for at least 20 yrs ... but my last cat died at 18.5 yrs old from pancreatic cancer. Good luck with your kitties. They are lucky to be a part of your family!