America’s cats are not getting the healthcare they deserve. 83% of cats are taken to the vet during the first year after they’re adopted, yet over half of them don’t return for subsequent wellness visit. Given that cats age more rapidly than humans and are masters at masking illness, these statistics are disturbing. National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, which takes place on August 22, is designed to improve awareness about the importance of regular, routine check ups.
One of the barriers to cats getting the veterinary care they need and deserve is that it’s often such an ordeal for cats and humans alike to get their cats to the veterinary clinic. I’m delighted to announce that I partnered with the American Association of Feline Practitioners to create a checklist to help reduce the stress of the veterinary visit for both your cat and yourself.
Your Cat’s Check Up Preparation List
Your Cat’s Check Up Preparation List addresses making your cat’s carrier a “home away from home” by leaving it out in a room where your cat spends a lot of time several days before the visit, placing familiar comfort items such as towels or bedding inside the carrier, and using Feliway. The list also suggests keeping a list of any changes in your cat’s health or behavior since her last check up, along with any questions you want to ask. It’s easy to forget things when you’re worried about your kitty.
You can view the checklist here.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners wants to raise awareness about just how important regular check ups are for cats. You can find a wealth of information on their website and Facebook page. Please share with other cat parents!