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True or False?
Almost all cats go to the vet at least once a year.
Answer: False! Unfortunately just over 54% of cat owners take their cats to the vet at least once a year.
That’s a problem.
Like humans, our cats need regular physicals to ensure they are healthy. Cats in particular are notoriously secretive about their health; they hide illness incredibly well – so much so that oftentimes cat owners aren’t even aware that their cat is sick. As your pet gets older, it becomes even more imperative to run critical bloodwork regularly that can point to common diseases like chronic renal failure, diabetes, and more.
To help raise awareness around the importance of visiting the vet for cats, I’m partnering with Royal Canin for their annual “Take Your Cat to the Vet” Campaign noted with the hashtag #Cat2Vet on August 22, 2020.
If taking your cat to the vet wasn’t a priority pre-pandemic, it’s probably less of a priority now. People are nervous about what to expect and taking your cat to the vet may seem particularly stressful. It doesn’t have to be.
Signs Your Cat Isn’t Feeling Well
First, know some of the typical signs that your cat isn’t feeling well. The following are just a few things to pay attention to when it comes to your cat’s health. If your cat exhibits any of the following symptoms, you should take your cat to the vet.
- Changes in appetite or water intake
- Coughing or sneezing
- Acting lethargic or not like herself
- Vomiting, other than the occasional hairball, is not normal
- Changes in stool – either softer or harder than usual
- More or less urine in the litter box
Pay attention to your cat’s regular lifestyle habits so that you notice when things are different.
What To Expect When Seeking Veterinary Care
Your Regular Vet
As we all adjust to life in a pandemic, we’re all making adjustments – and that includes veterinarians. You may be surprised that like so many other businesses, your vet has new processes and procedures. Call ahead and ask how they are caring for patients. You may be asked to wait in your car while your pet is examined. If this is the case, be sure your cat is clearly identified on a collar or otherwise.
If you don’t feel like you can leave your home, consider a mobile veterinarian that can come to your home. Mobile vets make house calls for all sorts of issues including routine veterinary care, illnesses, injuries and hospice care.
If your pet is seriously ill, don’t take a chance by waiting to get in with your regular vet. Emergency vets are ready to assist you – usually 24 hours a day. Call ahead and find out what their procedures are so that you and your pet are prepared when you go. You may be asked to wait in your car while your pet is examined. Be sure your pet has a collar or other identifying information on them or on their carrier.
Many vets have implemented telehealth options where you can visit with your vet virtually, on your computer. Veterinary telehealth is a great option if you’re not sure if your pet needs to see the vet immediately. Of course, a vet telehealth visit has its limitations. Your vet will not be able to draw blood, listen to your cat’s heart, or check other vitals through the computer. Consider vet telehealth an interim step until you can get your cat to see the vet in purrson.
Ways To Support the Cat2Vet Initiative
Help us spread the message of the importance of regular healthcare for your cat. There are a lot of ways to get involved including:
- Watch Royal Canin’s new cat-centric web series: Catology Presents Kitten Lady & Friends where you’ll learn everything about cat health from nutrition to behavior.
- Chat with a Vet through Ask.Vet – Receive a complimentary consultation with a veterinarian.
- Purchase your favorite Royal Canin cat food at Petsmart and you’ll get a free vet visit from Banfield Pet Hospital
- Make a donation of Royal Canin cat food through Chewy.com. Your donation helps support veterinary care for shelter cats through GreaterGood.org
- Enter #Cat2Vet Sweepstakes – Enter to win a prize pack which will help you prepare for your cat’s next vet visit. Every entry will receive a free sample of Royal Canin’s Hematuria Detection by Blücare.
- Keep Learning – You love your cat. What better way to honor your relationship than learning more about them and their specific needs? Check out Royal Canin’s #Cat2Vet site with tons of great cat resources for you to take advantage of.
All of these programs and resources can be found on Royal Canin’s #Cat2Vet page – be sure to check it out!