During a cat's young adult years, our veterinarians like to examine their feline patients once a year, just to make sure there are no signs of any disease or debilitating conditions developing. This typically corresponds with yearly vaccinations.
Adult cats receive the same vaccines as kittens, but have a more developed immune system which has been introduced to the vaccines already, and therefore need those vaccines less frequently. Rabies is required by law in the state of North Carolina, but only needs to be boosted every 3 years in an adult cat. Feline distemper can be boosted once a year or once every 3 years with our alternate combo vaccine. For cats that will be going outdoors, we will booster a vaccine for feline leukemia every 3 years.
As an adult, your cat needs to continue the heartworm and flea preventatives every month. We also check once every year to make sure they have not picked up any worms by running a fecal (intestinal parasite) test.
Young adulthood is a great time to be a cat, and we want them to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Cats age faster than we do, and to make sure we're doing all that we can to keep them young and fit, we recommend a Junior Wellness Panel once a year starting at about 2 years of age.
Dental Care for Your Cat
Depending on an individual cat's genetics and the oral care provided by you and your family, cats will start developing plaque buildup on their teeth and need to start having professional cleanings done every year sometime in this time period.