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Every August 22, pet parents around the US are reminded – it’s time to make the trek to the vet for their cat’s much-needed annual checkup. Unless you’ve been graced with a cat who enjoys this process – hey, it does happen! – it can be a stressful event for everyone involved. However, while it may not be your, or your feline’s, favorite day of the year, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is one that will help your kitty stay happy and healthy for all those other days of the year.
Why Regular Cat Checkups Are Important
In the same way we schedule routine visits to the dentist and the family doctor, our cats need annual checkups to maintain their health. Sadly, according to a collaborative study by Bayer HealthCare and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, cats aren’t being taken to the vet nearly as often as they should be. In fact, over half aren’t getting their annual checkup – a number much higher than it is for dogs – and they’re often only taken when something really seems off.
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day aims to increase the frequency with which cats are taken to the vet. Annual visits can prevent illness and disease, and they allow your vet to treat any issues that may be present. Since cats can effectively conceal pain, it’s possible that something could be wrong without you knowing. Finally, not only does an annual checkup help your cat feel healthy and happy, but it can also be less expensive in the long run. Treating a serious ailment is often more expensive than preventing it!
What to Expect
If it’s been a while since your kitty’s last vet visit – or if this is your first ring around the rodeo – you might not know what to expect.
- A regular checkup consists of a physical exam. Your cat will be weighed, his temperature will be taken, and your vet will make sure your cat is free of parasites.
- If your cat is due for vaccinations, the vet may choose to administer these during the checkup, or you can schedule these for a future appointment. You can discuss this with your vet on the phone before your visit.
- After the exam, your vet will either give your kitty a clean bill of health, or suggest some follow-up treatments. For example, teeth cleaning or kitty cavity removal, lab work, a blood panel, an X-Ray, or something similar may be recommended. These things are more likely to be required as your kitty matures.
How to Get Involved
It’s pretty simple to get involved with National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! Simply call your local vet and schedule an appointment. While it’s not necessarily the date that matters, it’s more so a reminder that even kitties need to see the vet regularly. Also take this moment to enroll in pet insurance, before any pre-existing conditions will be excluded from your coverage; you simply never know when an accident or illness can strike.