Medical Care for Cats



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Cats have many of the same medical expenses as dogs, but are also susceptible to certain problems that dogs are not.


There are a few core vaccinations that a cat should receive as a kitten, and potentially later in life. These include panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, rabies, feline leukemia, and chlamydophila. Speak with your vet about what types of vaccinations your cat needs, as not all of these are necessary or even safe for every cat. The cost of these vaccinations can be anywhere from $50 to $100.

Flea Control

Fleas can make a cat miserable and lead to your furry friend scratching itself bloody. Topical treatments are a popular option, but may leave certain areas of your cat vulnerable to fleas. If you give your cat an oral medication, it will prevent fleas and reduce any existing itch. Expect to pay around $30 to $60 per month for flea and tick medication.

Heartworm Prevention

While heartworm prevention is important in dogs, it is absolutely vital in cats. Cats have no approved medication for heartworm treatment; while it is possible for an infected cat to live a long life, it’s rare. To prevent the worst happening to your pet, make sure to take routine preventative treatments. Heartworm prevention medication usually costs around $20 per month.

Ear and Dental Care for Cats

A wild cat’s diet keeps its teeth clean, but domestic house cats lack that diet. As a result, routine dental care is important, whether through chewable sticks or cleanings. Cats can also be prone to ear mites and ear infections, so cleaning their ears out periodically prevents these conditions from forming or worsening. A feline dental cleaning averages around $250, while ear cleaning runs around $5.

Spay and Neuter Costs

If you adopt from a shelter, your cat will likely already be spayed or neutered. If you have to pay out of pocket, neutering a cat costs around $45, while spaying costs around $75.

Breed-specific Medical Concerns

Many purebred cats can be prone to specific problems, but that is largely due to how the breeder chose what traits to pass on. Hairless cats are vulnerable to skin conditions, while white, blue-eyed cats are much more likely to be deaf than other color combinations. Before choosing a breed, look into the potential health risks associated with it and then check the credentials of the breeder. Ensure they place the long-term health of the cats before any specific traits.

This chart shows breeds particularly prone to health problems, including some of the problems to keep an eye out for.

This article was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jessica Carter of The Simple Dollar © 2017