Regular examinations are the best way to detect medical problems early and to insure that your cat is protected against preventable illnesses. Your cat can’t tell you when something is wrong, ant they are masters at hiding illness. So never skip a check-up because your cat looks healthy. Just like us, cats can develop diseases like kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, dental disease, cardiac disease and cancer. During a routine visit, your veterinarian will examine your cat from head to tail. Veterinarians have the tools and training to detect subtle signs of diseases. Remember the goal of annual examinations is to not only prevent disease, but also to catch any illnesses early. The earlier diseases are discovered the better the odds are that your cat can be treated successfully. So remember whether your cat appears healthy or not, all cats should see their veterinarian at least once a year.