This tool is designed to stimulate conversation between veterinary teams and pet owners, as they work together to create individualized vaccine protocol for each cat.
References for the 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines .
Affiliations and contributing reviewers of the 2019 AAHA Canine Life stage Guidelines.
Cats have become the most popular pet in the United States, yet statistics about veterinary care for cats remain troubling. Although most owners consider their cats to be family members, cats are substantially underserved, compared with dogs.
The 2010 AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines task force members consisted of:
Distinct life stages (age groups) in cats are not well defined, in part because individual animals and body systems age at different rates, a process that is influenced by many factors.
The following recommendations provide guidance on what to discuss or act upon depending on the life stage of the feline patient.
To achieve optimum feline health care, veterinarians must help owners to understand and appreciate the importance of regular preventive care for their cats at all ages.
Energy and nutrient needs vary with life stage, sterilization status and activity, and so general feeding recommendations provide only a starting point.
Behavior and environmental items to be discussed at each life stage include: