Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
According to the American Humane Society, cats are taken to the vet about half as often as dogs, and the majority of cat owners only take their cats to the vet when they are sick. Although cats tend to be more independent than dogs, they still need annual check-ups and preventative care.
August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and it’s as good a day as any to make sure your feline friends are in tip-top shape. At the very least, we hope this day will raise awareness about the importance of preventative care for cats and encourage people to take their cats to the vet more often.
When you take your cat to the vet, here is what you can expect from a thorough annual exam:
Your vet will conduct a head-to-tail examination to check for any signs of illness. You may not notice any major physical or behavioral changes in your cat, but your vet will pick up on subtleties that are easy to overlook.
Parasite Treatment and Prevention
Your vet will check for both internal and external parasites and administer any necessary treatment. A routine stool sample will most likely be taken to look for any signs of hookworms, tapeworms, or roundworms. Your vet will also check for any fleas, ticks, or ear mites.
If your cat is overdue for any immunizations, your vet will offer to update them. Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations depending on your cat’s age and lifestyle.
Your vet may suggest additional blood screening tests as an extra precaution, depending on your cat’s life stage and physical exam results. These tests can help detect diseases before they cause serious symptoms or long-term problems.
We know that trips to the vet can be stressful for both you and your cat. If your cat becomes anxious before a vet visit, it’s likely that she associates getting in the carrier or car only with going to the vet! To help reduce stress during car rides, try taking your cat on short car trips to pleasant places and offer plenty of positive reinforcement. On your way to and from the vet, offer your cat a toy or treat and be sure to reassure her.
By taking your cat to the vet once per year, you can help ensure a long, happy life for your feline friend. If you have any questions on how to support your cat’s health and well-being with natural food or supplements, please contact us or visit a store to speak with a pet nutrition expert.