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Cats over 8 should have semiannual exams including CBC/chem screen, ... lot of changes can take place in that time. Phil.

Oh geeze.. I'm not hauling a perfectly healthy indoor cat off to the vet every 6 months.

Too bad for your cats...
How do you know your cats are "perfectly healthy"...? Do you have x-ray vision? Cats are masters at concealing illness and pain until the disease is well established. For example, by the time symptoms of certain cancers become noticeable, the cancer has already metastasized to other sites making a cure impossible.
Perhaps you meant biannual exams?

No, I meant semiannual exams (i.e., every 6 months)... which is physiologically equivalent to two years for cats.
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Oh geeze.. I'm not hauling a perfectly healthy indoor cat off to the vet every 6 months. Perhaps you meant biannual exams? ~~Philip

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Older cats can develop problems quickly. It's better to catch it sooner than later and less expensive as well. Karen
All the cats I've had over the years have lived upwards of 19 yrs. One thing that cats do differently than dogs in their final days is ... cats degrade quickly. Like in a couple of months. Spending tons of money to delay the inevitable at an advanced age is pissing money away. When a vet gives you a diagnosis of renal failure, bone cancer, leukemia, pulmonary failure, and any other terminal failing, just say good bye to your cat. Sounds harsh in many ears but keep in mind that vets these days are trained to take advantage of your vulnerability. I've seen this sort of thing happen to numerous pet owners over the years. And yes, I've put down each of my cats when it was time. Nobody suffers needlessly.

~~Philip
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My 10 years old cat is going to >have a blood work done tomorrow in preparation for >her teeth cleaning ... fingers but I don't know how important it is to do these things. Please let me know what you think.

Yes. you should allow for an annual vet check up.
Oh geeze.. I'm not hauling a perfectly healthy indoor cat off to the vet every 6 months.

I know for many it seems a bit much, and for the cat it may seem like torture, but think of it as spending a little extra money now rather than perhaps a big chunk of money later. My cat Audrey just turned 8 this year and I dread taking her to the vet that extra time every year as she explodes from both ends from the stress and car and it's just a ten block ride!! (I'm trying to find a vet to come visit the house, but want some references first). But I'd rather do this and have peace of mind, than not catch something early enough to do something about it.