National bring your cat to the vet day is right around the corner! This is the perfect time to schedule a routine checkup for your cat. Cats are masters at hiding illness, and by the time they show symptoms, a disease may already be in the advanced stages, making treatment more difficult, and costlier.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) shares the following statistics:
- Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
- Of the cats that do visit their veterinarian, they average 26% fewer visits than dogs.
- 41% of cat owners visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations.
- 39% of cat owners say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if the cat was not well.
- 60% of cat owners report that their cat does not like going to the veterinarian.
- 38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the vet.
Annual routine care is recommended for cats of all ages. More frequent exams may be necessary for seniors, geriatrics and cats with known medical conditions.
Ways to make your cats visit to the vet less stressful:
- Don’t pull out your cat’s carrier only when it is time to go to the vet. This may cause your cat to associate the carrier’s re-appearance with something unpleasant.
- Help your cat become comfortable with their carrier. Leave it out as a neutral part of your cat’s environment. Feed your cat treats in and around their carrier. This will help your cat associate their carrier with positive experience. Work up to being able to close the door and walk around the room with your cat in the carrier.
- Plan ahead when your cat has a veterinary appointment. Give yourself plenty of time to place your cat calmly in their carrier.
- Covering your cat’s carrier with a towel can help them feel safe while at the vet.
- When being checked into the room, open your cat’s carrier and give them the option of venturing out on their own.
- Communicate with the veterinary professionals that your cat meets at their vet visit. Inform us that your cat is very nervous about their visit, so that we may assist in making it the best experience possible.
Please contact us today if you have questions or concerns about bringing your cat in for veterinary care. If you have a cat that needs to be seen, please call us at 804-642-5740 to schedule an appointment today!