National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day
By Bethany Mihalik, CVPM, MHRM, CVT, CCFP
August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, and the “purrfect” time to get your kitty’s annual wellness checkup. We know that bringing your feline friend to visit us can sometimes be a challenge. In a national study that tracked veterinary care for cats, owners cited the stress of transporting their pet to the hospital as the number one reason they decided to forgo the visit. Postponing your cat’s physical examination doesn’t pay off, and here’s why:
CATS AGE MUCH MORE RAPIDLY THAN HUMANS: A cat reaches the human age of 15 during its first year, and 24 by its second year. Each year after, your cat ages four “cat years” for every calendar year. So, your 8-year-old cat would be 48 in human years. Annual veterinary care is crucial because a lot can happen in four cat years.
CATS ARE MASTERS OF HIDING ILLNESS AND PAIN: Cats are excellent at hiding signs they are sick or in pain. Your cat could be developing a health condition long before you notice anything is wrong. Veterinarians are trained to spot these and may detect a problem before it advances or becomes more difficult to treat.
PREVENTIVE CARE IS BETTER THAN REACTIVE CARE: Information discussed, along with a thorough physical exam, allows your veterinarian to create a plan to help your cat remain healthy. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since veterinarians can often detect conditions or diseases that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat.
Neffsville Veterinary Clinic has been certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a designated Cat-Friendly practice by consistently demonstrating and providing the following for our feline friends:
- Understanding the unique needs and behaviors of cats.
- Possessing a feline-friendly environment and make veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
- Understanding how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner.
- Having the appropriate equipment and facilities needed to diagnose and treat feline patients.
- Meeting specific standards for the facility and care of hospitalized cats.
We care about your cat and want them to be healthy. Even if you haven’t brought your kitty friend to see us, or some time has passed between visits, we understand and want to help you get back on track with good preventative care. For more helpful tips on how to reduce stress and prepare for your cat’s vet visit, please visit: https://catvets.com/Cat2VetDay.