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August 22 is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day - #Cat2VetDay

Aug 22, 2016

Cats need regular wellness checks

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day was created to bring awareness to cat owners about the importance of regular veterinary checkups for cats. Compared to dogs, cats receive fewer wellness exams and are generally taken to the veterinarian only when their owners notice something wrong. Just as in humans and dogs, as cats gets older the chances of them developing an illness or disease is higher. 

Tips to prepare for a vet visit and reduce stress

Along with creating this national campaign to educate cat owners on the importance of annual wellness checkups, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has also created resources providing tips on how to prepare for a veterinary visit to reduce stress for both the owner and cat. We’ve gathered them below to make it easier for you to share with other cat owners. 

5 reasons routine vet visits are a vital part of your cat’s health

  1. Cats age more rapidly than humans
  2. Cats are masters at hiding illness
  3. Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese
  4. Preventative care is better than reactive care
  5. Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease in adult cats


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5 tips to reduce stress of vet visits for your cat

  1. Understanding your cat’s behavior
  2. Help your cat become comfortable with the carrier
  3. What types of carriers are best
  4. Take your cat to a Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP)
  5. Coming home – Keeping the peace in a multi-cat household

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Turn your cat carrier into a “Home Away From Home”

  1. Train your kitten early on
  2. Integrate the carrier into your home
  3. Place treats, catnip, or toys in the carrier
  4. Consider using a synthetic pheromone (Feliway)
  5. Place familiar soft towels or bedding in the carrier
  6. Be patient
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Many veterinary practices and organizations are promoting Take Your Cat to the Vet Day using the hashtag #Cat2VetDay. Search the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find more information. If your cat has not received a wellness checkup in the past year, schedule one with your primary care veterinarian today. Your cat will thank you for it! 



Category: Pet Health Tips