August 22 Is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Cats Need Vets Too
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is here, and for good reason. Going to the vet isn’t exactly the cat’s meow, but it’s a necessary part of our feline’s well-being. Recent studies show that more than half of the cats in the United States have not visited their veterinarian within the past year – now is the time to change that.
Since felines and dogs need preventative care, it is the perfect time to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, many cats only go to the vet when they are not feeling well. However, with the addition of regular wellness appointments, you can help prevent illness in the first place.
It is important to remember that cats age much quicker than humans. That means that a check-up every year may seem normal to us, but that’s the equivalent of multiple years to them. When you ensure that their vet sees them on a preventative basis, it means that all of their days are full of comfort and health.
Preventative Wellness Works
Our cats are the masters of deception and disguise. When they are not feeling well, they often choose to hide it rather than showing us. It is part of their instinct to protect themselves from predators. Little do they know, they do not need to hide it from us.
That brings us to our next point. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When you take your cat to wellness checks, your veterinarian will have a chance to look them over thoroughly. They know how to spot and treat problems early on before they turn into further issues. Not only is that better for your cat, but it is easier on your wallet book as well.
Another commonly overlooked issue in cats and other pets is obesity. In North America, more than half of all cats are overweight or obese. It can lead to various other health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. Scheduling regular preventative appointments mean that your veterinarian can weigh your cat and address any weight-related concerns.
Last but certainly, not least is the issue of feline dental disease. An adult cat has a total of 30 teeth. Since we know that cats hide discomfort, dental disease can cause hidden discomfort and pain. With over half of all cats over the age of three having a form of dental disease, it is not unlikely that your cat may be dealing with some of their own. At their wellness appointment, your veterinarian will be able to check their teeth and determine if professional cleaning is needed.
No matter if your kitty has seen their vet recently or needs to see them soon, remember to schedule their next appointment today!