Cats have always seemed to be the independent ones. They pretty much care for themselves and we need only to take them to the vet for the yearly visit or if they become sick or injured. Well as it turns out, cats are not as independent as one might think. First of all we have domesticated them so that they come to us for help when it is necessary.
Younger cats come to us with few needs (mostly). Certainly we want to have them spay or neutered and we will want all first shots. Now as things go, if our cat is an outside cat (even part of the time) we want to look them over at least once a week. This is especially true if they have an aloof attitude and are getting older. We need to be sure they have not been injured or are getting sick. An outside cat should be seen at the very least once a year, it would be best to take the cat in twice a year. Outside they are exposed to all kinds of diseases and injuries, and for the most part cats are not eager to run and show the problem. They could have been injured on Monday and we don’t see it until Friday, it seems to be healing and so we let it go, only to find they are actually incubating a nasty infection.
An inside cat is just as needy in the health department; however we may be able to keep a closer eye on their behaviors. If they stop eating, certainly that is clue. However, what we may see as a behavior issue can very possibly be a health issue. Cats have some of the same diseases as humans and the reaction can be close in actions; for instance if the cat starts urinating a lot and possibly not using their box as this is increasing, they may have a urinary tract infection or diabetes. If our cat begins to act in very unusual ways, they may have a thyroid condition.
All of this simply means we need to know our cats just as well as we know our dogs. And cats are not always as eager to share information as dogs. That is why we need to check them at the very least once a week and have two vet visits a year.