Penny Paws Path to Wellness for Cats

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We are here to help people live a better, more enriched life by serving the healthcare needs of their pets. Helping people, helping pets is what we do. Make your cat/kittens appointment today, we can’t wait to meet you!

Your Cats Path To Wellness 

Cats are independent animals by nature; they are also very adept at hiding any type of pain or discomfort. As a cat owner, it’s important to be aware that an annual veterinary exam is crucial to your feline’s good health. Regular cat wellness exams can catch many illnesses in the early stages when they are much easier to treat.

Annual Vaccination

One of the most important aspects of maintaining your pet’s health and wellbeing is providing annual cat vaccinations. With Animal Clinic’s mobile clinics, our highly-trained veterinary staff is now more available than ever to answer any questions you may have regarding the benefits, necessity, and frequency of feline vaccinations.
Our doctors are committed to providing the best healthcare available for your kitten or mature cat, which is why we treat each patient on an individual basis. While the rabies vaccine for cats is required by Texas law, the other core vaccines we advocate are feline panleukopenia for distemper, as well as feline viral rhinotracheitis, and feline calicivirus (FCV). The latter two provide protection against upper respiratory diseases.
We may also recommend any other immunizations based on certain risk factors for your particular cat, such as lifestyle, health, and age. Other, non-core, cat vaccines might include feline leukemia (FeLV), chlamydia, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and ringworm.

Annual Parasite Monitoring, Control, Prevention

Including parasite monitoring, control, and prevention in with your cat’s annual exam is another level of maintaining good health for both you and your feline companion. There are several internal and external parasites that can affect cat health.
  • Common Intestinal Parasites: Infections can be passed directly from mother to kitten through the placenta or milk. Eggs are also passed in feces, or through a secondary host, such as infected mice. Intestinal parasites include the following:
    • Roundworms | Hookworms | Tapeworms | Protozoa | Flatworms | Lungworms | Heartworms
  • Common External Parasites: External parasites create skin irritations and can carry disease. Depending on your climate or environment, your cat may be more susceptible to certain parasites and for longer periods of time throughout the year. Fleas thrive in humid and warm conditions, while ticks generally make their home in wooded areas. Fortunately, routine preventative treatments work well at keeping the following parasites at bay:
    • Fleas | Ticks | Ear Mites | Mange Mites

Don’t let these little pesky parasites scare you. Penny Paws Animal Clinic is well equipped for dealing with these types of infections and preventing them! Contact our mobile vaccinations or animal clinics to schedule your kitties appointment today!

Annual Bloodwork

Analyzing blood work as part of your annual pet health care exam is crucial for detecting any early signs or symptoms of possible cat health problems.

4 Common Types of Feline Blood Work

  • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: This test is particularly helpful in detecting any contagious or life-threatening viruses when you adopt a kitten or cat from an unknown background.

It’s also recommended as part of the annual exam to catch any potential cat health problems while still in the early stages.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): Immunity status, red and white cell count, and the measure of hemoglobin are assessed. A CBC can also examine other aspects of your cat’s health, such as anemia, hydration, immune system response, blood clotting, and infection.
  • Blood Serum Chemistry: Older cats as well as those with symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting benefit from the evaluation of organ function, hormone levels, and electrolyte status.
  • Thyroid Level: Thyroid function affects the metabolic rate as well as your cat’s heart rate.


Annual Exams

Like humans, our pets also require an annual medical exam to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to remember that cats age at a much faster rate than humans: the first two years of a cat’s life equate to approximately 24 in a human’s. Each human year thereafter is equivalent to four cat years.

Review any health questions or issues during your cat annual exam. In addition to vaccinations, parasites, and blood work, your feline health may include the following topics: Dental health | Nutrition | Exercise | Ears and eyes | Stomach and intestines | Breathing | Behavior | Feet, and legs | Coat and skin | Urology

Schedule your cat’s annual exam at one of our Animal Clinic locations today!

Is Your Cats Health Important?

Whether it’s time for an annual checkup, or you have a question about your cat’s care, contact our Animal Clinic to book an appointment or for emergency medical assistance. In addition to our Arlington/Mansfield, Richland Hills, and Fort Worth veterinary offices, we also offer mobile vaccination clinics in Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and Abilene for your convenience.


Your beloved feline may wander too far from home on occasion, but with the help of a microchip cat procedure, you can be reunited quickly. A pet microchip involves implanting a tiny, grain-size chip painlessly between your cat’s shoulder blades. The unique alphanumeric code is then linked to you, your address, and phone number. When your loved one is found, it’s simply a matter of a vet or animal shelter scanning your information in order to contact you to arrange for their safe return home. Penny Paws has one of the most competitive prices when it comes to microchipping your cat. We know pet ownership can be expensive, so we try our best to make these crucial services as affordable as possible. Call us today to schedule your pets microchip appointment!


The surgical sterilization processes of cat spay for a female and the cat neuter of a male are used to ensure that your pet will not reproduce after the process. Animal Clinic’s procedure ensures your cat is anesthetized by a doctor and monitored by a skilled nurse. We recommend considering sterilization after you’ve completed the last set of kitten vaccines, which is at around four or five months.

Cat Sterilization Benefits

  • Help prevent unwanted litters from ending up in shelters
  • Reduce the risk of female breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer
  • Reduce the risk of male prostate and testicular cancer
  • Improve your cat’s temperament
  • Reduce your cat’s desire to roam

With these benefits in mind, call us today to schedule your affordable kitten spay/neuter appointment!

Diet / Exercise

Cats are natural carnivores, and in the wild, they eat a high-protein and high-moisture diet. Their intake of carbohydrates would be at a low one to 2% of their diet. By contrast, the typical brand of dry cat food contains 35 to 50% of its calories in carbohydrates. With that in mind, it’s easy to see how a sedentary cat, that seldom exercises and consumes a steady diet of dry food, is so susceptible to weight gain.
You can improve your cat’s nutrition by setting aside specific meal times, such as one in the morning and one in the evening. Read the ingredient labels; healthy cat food will list meat or fish as the first ingredient. If corn or another grain is the first ingredient, it’s probably going to contain too many unhealthy fillers. Add some canned food in with the dry to improve the moisture content and reduce carb consumption. Keep plenty of fresh water available.
Cats don’t naturally jump at the opportunity to walk around the block, but you can encourage cat exercise in other ways. If you can have two cats, they’ll keep each other plenty busy. On the other hand, if you’re only allowed one, make sure to have plenty of toys on hand and a tower. Mix up the entertainment with laser light your cat can chase in between catching toys. Encouraging your furry feline to exercise also improves cat socialization skills. Are you unsure if you are feeding your cat the most nutritious food, or encouraging them to exercise the proper way? Make an appointment to chat with one of our highly experienced veterinarians and we can help you create a plan that is personal for your day to day activities and compatible with your cat’s personality, likes and dislikes. 


Some cats may tend toward timidity around strangers and situations out of the norm. Just like humans, each cat has its own personality and comfort level. Even with the shyest of natures, however, you can introduce techniques for socializing your cat. As mentioned above, play is a great way to encourage your feline to interact with other cats and humans in a playful, non-threatening way. Just make sure to discourage rough play that involves scratching and biting.
If you’re wondering how to socialize an older cat that may have moved to unfamiliar surroundings, you might gradually encourage him or her to participate in some lighthearted antics. With either a kitten or an older cat, allow them regular contact with other people to reduce anxiety and encourage their confidence around strangers. Schedule an appointment with our veterinarians and we can help you find a cat socialization class if you find your efforts haven’t produced the results you’d hoped for. 

Does Your Cat Need Vaccinations?

Penny Paws believes every owner and pet should have access to medications which is why we host weekly mobile vaccination clinics. Click below to find a clinic near you or check on your pet’s medical records!

Penny Paws Veterinary Services

Penny Paws Veterinary offices offer a variety of services at all three of their animal clinics. Richland Hills veterinary, Fort Worth veterinary, and Arlington/Mansfield veterinary clinics provide a caring and fear-free environment to all of their patients and owners.  Bring in your furry friend today to one of our veterinarian clinics or try our mobile vaccinations near you over the weekend and become part of our family!


Heartworm Testing


Annual Bloodwork

Teeth Cleaning

General Surgery

Feline Declaw

Spay / Neuter

Ultrasound / Echocardiogram

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