National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Did you know?

83% of cats visit the veterinarian before their 1st birthday, but over 50% don’t return until they become sick or are in pain.


National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day reminds us that cats require just as much care as we do! Ongoing regular check-ups keep your cat happy and healthy. Learn ways you can help from trusted leaders in feline care. Visit here often for updates, and make sure you sign up for our cat caregiver e-newsletter, The Cat Friendly Column, where you will find feline news, tips, facts, and more!

Here are a few reasons not to postpone your cat’s check-up visit

Cats age MUCH more rapidly than humans

A cat reaches the human age of 15 by its first year and 24 by its second year. Each year after, your cat ages 4 ‘cat years’ for every calendar year. Every life stage has its own unique set of health conditions that your veterinarian checks for.

Cats are masters at hiding sickness and pain

Your cat could be developing a health condition long before you notice anything is wrong. Veterinarians are trained to spot and detect these problems.

Your cat may be overweight and in danger of health conditions

Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Your veterinarian will check your cat’s weight and provide recommendations to help keep your cat at the ideal weight.

During your visit, you can discuss any behavior changes with your veterinarian

Changes in behavior can often signal an underlying issue which may not be apparent to an untrained eye.

Preventive care is better than reactive care

Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since veterinarians can often detect conditions or disease that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat.

Did you know?

58% of caregivers report that their cat hates going to the vet. Acclimating your cat to their carrier can reduce stress for your cat during their veterinary visit.

Here are some other tips to help reduce the stress of veterinary visits for your cat:

  • Wipe or spray synthetic pheromone in the carrier or towels.
  • Place toys and familiar bedding inside the carrier.
  • Increase familiarity by leaving the carrier out in a common space.
  • Immediately reward your cat with treats for entering the carrier.

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