Cats need health care, too!
“Cats are not small dogs.” Every veterinary student learned that caveat during school.
In other words, cats have nutritional needs that are unique to their species. They show behavior peculiar to themselves. They process medications differently than other carnivores. They manifest pain differently than most other mammals.
Sadly, cats are also among the most underserved pets in America. Up to one quarter to one third of all owned cats receive no preventive care. They only go to the vet if the owner notices that the cat is sick. To make matters worse, cats excel at hiding disease. So even the cats that are sick often do not receive the care they need.
Finally, we all know that most cats detest going to the vet. Many cat owners report that they feel stressed just THINKING about taking their cat to the veterinarians. So… they just don’t go.
So start things off: Let’s get our cards on the table and tell it like it is. Finish this sentence: “My cat hates going to the vet so much that….” Share your story and then come back throughout the month of August as we will discuss the real need that cats have for regular, preventive veterinary care and the many new resources available to make it easier for kitties to get the veterinary care they need to live happy, healthy, long lives.