There are two common roadblocks stopping people from taking their cats to the vet:
- The assumption that cats are too self-reliant to need wellness exams
- Cats’ aversion to carriers
The first step is getting rid of the dangerous mindset that cats don’t need your help. They do! Because cats tend to hide their ailments when they’re sick (or hide themselves altogether), wellness checks are absolutely necessary so you can catch illnesses early. By the time your kitty is showing symptoms, they’ve probably been sick for a long time, and a vet visit may be way overdue and more stressful. It’s important to schedule your wellness exams ahead of time too, so that you can practice acclimating your cat to their carrier.
The second step to getting your cat to the vet: actually getting your cat to the vet. Dr. Jane Brunt, Executive Director, says “We know based on studies that people get stressed just thinking about taking their cat to the veterinarian. Pet cats outnumber dogs but they receive far less veterinary care. I like to call the whole concept the carrier barrier.” To overcome this carrier barrier, check out 7 Tips for Getting Your Cat to the Vet to make the trip go smoothly and ensure that your cat feels comfortable in their carrier. The key is gentleness and a little bit of preparation time! And to ensure your cats’ safety on the way, Sleepypod – the safest pet company! – make cozy carriers suited for any sized pet.
The CATalyst Council Thanks Royal Canin for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Cats rule the internet and our hearts – but veterinary visits for cats have dropped by 30 percent since 2001. To help drive clinic visits for cats, the CATalyst Council’s mission to advance the health, welfare and value of companion cats aligns perfectly with global pet food company Royal Canin on a national campaign for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on Monday, Aug. 22. The campaign, which will launch in mid-August, will challenge cat owners to become more curious about our cats’ health. Cat owners will be asked to take a pledge to make a vet appointment for their cat this year. For every pledge taken, Royal Canin will donate a bowl of food to animal shelters across the country. Visit http://www.mypetreference.com to learn why it’s important for your cat to see the vet each year. Join the conversation on August 22 by using #Cat2VetDay.