More than half of U.S. pet cats haven't been to see the veterinarian in the past 12 months, according to a report by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and Bayer HealthCare. However, regular veterinary care is essential for cats, whose illnesses often go unnoticed by owners. "Cats are supremely good at concealing their symptoms until they can no longer do so," says veterinarian Elizabeth Colleran of the Cat Hospital of Portland, Ore. "By the time I see cats in my practice, they've been sick for awhile." Oral health problems, eye trouble and obesity are just some of the conditions veterinarians check for in regular exams.

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