Celebrate National Take your Cat to the Vet Day
Aug 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. These days it seems there is a “National Day” for just about everything, but for your cat, this one is really important.
Did you know that less than half the cats in America see the vet on a regular basis? We are doing a much better job getting our dogs to the vet. 8 out of 10 American dogs see the vet annually, so why are we ignoring the health needs of our cats?
It is easy to forget that our cats need regular medical checkups and care, but they do! Here are the top 4 reasons to make your cat’s vet appointment today.
1) You can’t tell your cat’s health just by looking at it and loving it.
At least once a year, a vet should examine its heart and lungs, dental health, and feel its belly to help keep your cat healthy and catch troubles before they become a big problem.
2) Cats are masters of disguise.
They don’t show pain and discomfort until it is extreme. Your vet will perform a physical exam which might find sources of pain and discomfort. Once identified, the vet can help resolve it.
Even if your cat lives indoors only, it needs some vaccines to be healthy and protected under the law. All cats are required to be up to date on rabies vaccines. Crazy stuff happens – bats and raccoons can get into your house and put your cat at risk!!!
4) Avoid creepy crawly things.
There are lots of creepy crawly things that can affect cats, like fleas, ticks and heartworms. Your vet can help you assess the parasites your cat is at risk of carrying and how to prevent them.
So, pick up the phone and make your cat’s appointment today. If you don’t have one, here’s a great resource. These vets have had extra training and certification on cat handling practices to make sure that your precious kitty has the best experience possible. https://catfriendly.com/find-a-veterinarian/