There are more cats in American homes than dogs, yet despite their popularity, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that cats are brought to the veterinarian less often than dogs.
Why is this true? Don’t cat parents love their pets as much as dog parents do? Of course they do, so why the discrepancy? Anyone with cats will confide that they don’t go as often as they should because their cats hate going to the vet. Some cats become so stressed that they vomit or defecate from fear. Others transform into hissing and spitting balls of fury. You know you should be taking your cat to the veterinarian for their routine wellness examination at least once a year, and more frequently if you have a senior cat, but the mere thought of it probably makes your blood pressure rise. Is there anything you do to make the visit less stressful for you and your cat? Here are a few tips to make the visit a more pleasant experience for you and your feline friend.
No one likes to go to the doctor and cats are no exception. However, we go to the doctor because we know these visits are important. Likewise, my kids don’t always like to go to the pediatrician but they go despite the occasional tears and tantrums because I understand the importance of wellness exams and vaccinations. Although I always try to make these experiences as positive as possible, I wouldn’t dare miss a visit just because my child doesn’t want to go. The same should be true for our feline children. Routine examinations are important because your veterinarian can pick-up the early signs of disease, which is especially important in cats since they are very good at hiding illness, and also discuss preventative care. By following these tips, visits to the veterinarian will hopefully be less stressful and therefore easier to take your cat to the vet regularly, so your feline companion lives a long and healthy life.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call San Bruno Pet – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
By Dr. Ruth MacPete