National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day – August 22!
Why is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day so important?
On National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, let’s work together to spread awareness about all the ways veterinarians save cats’ lives.
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day focuses on the importance of bringing indoor cats for regular check-ups to ensure they are as healthy as possible.
Our Veterinarians will do their best to protect and improve the lives of ALL cats, so we’re encouraging you to expand this important day’s reach.
More than 42 million households across the United States own Cats, so it’s no surprise cats are the pet of choice for Americans.
But what is surprising is that only half of those cats see the vet on a regular basis. To change this, Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital trying to support National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22.
When was the last time we saw your cat?
A new study by the American Association of Feline Practitioners says that fewer than 48 percent of cats receive regular veterinary care. Why? Check out these common myths. According to a recent survey:
- “51%” of cat owners believe that felines are “low maintenance” pets: While cats may certainly appear more low-key than their canine counterparts, they are not so different when it comes to veterinary care.
Annual wellness exams are vital for the health and happiness of all pets. Regular examinations, blood panels and urine screenings can help ward off illness by allowing your veterinarian to evaluate subtle changes you may not notice at home.
- “75%” of cat owners do not believe that cats hide symptoms: Hiding pain and illness is a natural feline instinct. In the wild, a sick or injured cat is viewed as weak or vulnerable by predators; therefore, hiding these symptoms is simply a method of survival.
Unfortunately for domestic cats, this often means that diseases are not treated until they’ve reached advanced stages.
- “63%” of cat owners think indoor cats have a low risk of problems: Closed doors don’t keep out as much as you think. While an indoor cat is much less likely to contract an infectious disease or experience traumatic injury, an indoor environment does not create immunity from other illnesses, like heart or kidney disease, or even parasites.
For example, studies show that 25% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease—transmitted via mosquito bite—are indoor-only. Fleas are also a common problem for indoor cats, especially in the summer. Keep in mind that your cat may not go in and out, but you do!
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is the day to help dispel these common misconceptions and encourage more veterinary visits for our feline friends.
Incredible Facts About Cats
- They sleep a lot: Cats spend between 12 and 16 hours a day sleeping.
- Longest cat, ever: According to the Guinness World Records, the longest domestic cat ever was a Maine Coon that measured 48.5 inches long.
- Purring has multiple meanings: Cats purr when they’re content, but also when they’re feeling stressed.
- There’s no place like home: In 2013, a cat found its way home to Florida, traveling 200 miles after being lost for two months.
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.
- Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese: Your cat may be overweight and in danger of health conditions. Your veterinarian will check your cat’s weight and provide recommendations to help keep your cat at the ideal weight.
- Cats have Only “1” life Not “9”: Kitty’s acrobatics, ability to escape, and the old saying that they have nine lives may make our feline companions seem invincible. But they’re not. They need us and the vet, to take care of them.
- Kittens have 26 teeth; adult cats have 30: That’s a lot of dental care! Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years or older. While there may be no obvious signs it is important to discuss your cat’s teeth during their routine veterinary visit.
- They make us happy: Cats are one of the world’s most popular pets and have been for many thousands of years. We take them to the vet at least once a year, to make sure they’re healthy.
- 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.
Tips on Making Your Trip to Us Easy for Your Cat
- Receive Vet Visits at Home: Some vet hospitals offer mobile services and come to your home to evaluate your cat. So just ask your veterinarian if they offer these services. Removing the stress of transport can significantly improve your cat’s overall demeanor for veterinary visits.
- Tackle Cat Carrier Avoidance: Cats are very smart and know that when the carrier comes out, they will be leaving their home. They often find a great hiding spot and stay there all day to avoid the carrier. I always recommend keeping the carrier away until you are ready to go to the veterinary hospital.
- Use a Mild Sedative: Ask your veterinarian whether your cat is a candidate for a sedative. Many times, these medications take the edge off and relieve some stress.
- Use an Enclosed Carrier: Never assume your cat will do better without being in a carrier. When cats get scared, whether from a barking dog or a new place, they tend to run away to hide. Often, the choice of a hiding spot is outside in a parking lot. Always bring your cat to the veterinary hospital in an enclosed carrier for their safety and yours.
- Request an Immediate Examination Room: Ask your veterinarian whether they can bring your cat into an exam room when you arrive at the animal hospital. A loud waiting room can cause undue stress and anxiety for your cat.
Taking your Cat to the vet regularly will also help make the process part of the cat’s routine.
Your Cat and vet will develop a relationship and subsequent visits to the veterinarian will be less and less stressful.
Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital has been serving pets in “Orange“,”Anaheim“,
“Santa Ana“,”Fullerton” and “Tustin” for more than “15” years.
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