National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day – What You Need to Know About Cat Veterinary Needs – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is a celebration launched by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to highlight the fact that our cats often receive far less veterinary care than our dogs. Every year, Take Your Cat to the Vet Day falls on August 22.

Tom Dock, director of communications for Noah’s Animal Hospitals, joined us Monday on “Life.Style.Live!” to share the importance of checking your cat’s health with a professional. Here’s more from him:

According to a nationwide study by the AAFP and Bayer Pharmaceutical, more than half of all owned cats (52%) have not seen a veterinarian in the past year.

Many owners are hesitant to take their kittens to the vet clinic because they think cats are better at taking care of themselves than dogs. The independent nature of our felines and their stoic nature (they hide illnesses VERY well) leads many cat lovers to think that their pet is doing well.

The reality is that cats are good at hiding disease because it’s a survival instinct because cats are as much prey as they are magnificent predators. Cats also can’t really talk to us to let us know how they are feeling and many people will miss the subtle clues that their friend is under bad weather.

59.5% of all cats are considered overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). This can lead to diabetes, hepatic lipidosis, an increased risk of certain cancers, and a whole host of health problems.

The cost of care is also another reason. In another study of cat owners and dog owners, the price of a visit to the veterinarian was more of a concern for clients with cats than dogs. On average, people who prefer cats as pets don’t make as much money as dogs.

Perhaps the main reason cats aren’t taken as often as our canine companions is simply the difficulty of transporting them to the vet. Far too often veterinary clinics receive a phone call from a frustrated cat owner stating that “Fluffy” just doesn’t fit in the carrier!

To help acclimate your cat to the carrier, keep it outside at home at all times. Put Fluffy’s favorite bedding inside with occasional doses of Feliway (a feline pheromone). This should make it easier to get the animal into its carrier whenever travel is needed.

When it’s time for the doctor’s visit, consider withholding food for several hours to help minimize motion sickness. Bring along a favorite toy or blanket, as well as tasty treats that can be given as rewards.

In some cases, you may need to talk to your vet about anti-anxiety medications that can be given before the visit.

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