According to the 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey, almost 80 million American families own pets of some sort. Going by the poll numbers, it’s clear that “Team Cat” is in the lead: approximately 86 million of America’s pets are cats versus an estimated 78 million dogs.
So when it come to healthcare, why do so many cats fall so far behind? Quite simply, because their owners wrongly believe their cat doesn’t need routine wellness check-ups. Most often, they want to avoid the stressful ordeal of making the journey to and from the vet’s office.
According to a veterinary care study by Bayer, 58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian and 38% report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.
Cats need to visit the vet at least once per year, but ideally they should be seen every six months. February is National Cat Health Month, so we’re going to look at some of the reasons why you need to make an appointment for your kitty ASAP!
- Teeth cleaning & dental care (it’s also Pet Dental Health Month!)
- Spaying & Neutering – cats are prolific breeders, so it’s a must
- Changes in a cat’s health can happen quickly, so preventive care is important
- Sick cats often show no signs of being ill – they hide symptoms and pain well
- Early diagnosis of health problems equals early intervention/better outcome
- Regular vaccinations are vital to protecting your pet from diseases
Don’t wait for veterinary visits – make regular head to toe exams for your cat part of your routine. While you might not know what to look for, you’re far more likely to pick up on any changes in your pet’s health, and as a bonus it helps your pet get used to being handled.
So when is the last time your cat got a health check up? If the answer isn’t within the last six months, then it’s time to give us a call.