EDUCATION

JUNE IS...
TAKE YOUR CAT
​TO THE VET MONTH

5 REASONS POSTPONING YOUR
CAT'S CHECK-UP DOES NOT PAY OFF


  1. CATS AGE MUCH MORE RAPIDLY THAN HUMANS                                         A CAT REACHES THE HUMAN AGE OF 15 DURING IT'S FIRST YEAR AND 24 BY IT'S 2ND YEAR.  IACH YEAR AFTER, YOUR CAT AGES 4 "CAT YEARS" FOR EVERY CALENDAR YEAR.  SO YOUR 8-YEAR-0LD CAT WOULD BE 48 IN HUMAN YEARS.  ANNUAL VETERINARY CARE IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN 4 CAT YEARS.   
  2. CATS ARE MASTERS AT HIDING ILLNESS AND PAIN                                         CATS ARE EXCELLENT AT HIDING SIGNS THEY ARE SICK OR IN PAIN.  YOUR CAT COULD BE DEVELOPING A HEALTH CONDITION LONG BEFORE YOU NOTIC E ANYTHING IS WRONG.  VETERINARIANS ARE TRAINED TO SPOT THESE AND MAY DETECT A PROBLEM BEFORE IT ADVANCES OR BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT TO TREAT.
  3. OVER 50% OF CATS ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE                                                                  OVER 50% OF CATS ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.  YOUR VETERINARIAN WILL CHECK YOUR CAT'S WEGHT AT EACH VISIT AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP KEEP YOUR CAT AT IT'S IDEAL WEIGHT.  jUST AN EXTRA THREE POUNDS CAN PUT CATS AT RISK FOR DIABETES, HEART, RESPIRATORY AND KIDNEY DISEASE AND MORE.
  4. PREVENTIVE CARE IS BETTER THAN REACTIVE CARE                                                            INFORMATION DISCUSSED, ALONG WITH A THOROUGH PHYSICAL EXAM, ALLOWS YOUR VETERINARIAN TO CREATE A PLAN TO HELP YOUR CAT REMAIN HEALTHY.  REGULAR EXAMS CAN HELP AVOID MEDICAL EMERGENCIES SINCE VETERINARIANS CAN OFTEN DETECT CONDITIONS OR DISEASES THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR CAT'S HEALTH LONG BEFORE THEY BECOME SIGNIFICANT, PAINFUL OR MORE COSTLY TO TREAT.
  5. LET YOUR VET KNOW ABOUT ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES
​        HAS ANYTHING CHANGED WITH YOUR CAT'S EATING PATTERNS?  WEIGHT?  ACTIVITY LEVEL?  MAKE A LIST OF                  INFORMATION, CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS TO SHARE AT YOUR CAT'S ANNUAL CHECK-UP.  YOU MAY NOT                    RECOGNIZE SOME BEHAVIOR CHANGES AS BEING SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THEY ARE SUBTLE OR MINOR BUT                    WHEN YOUR VETERINARIAN TAKES A THOROUGH PATIENT HISTORY, THESE SUBTLE CHANGES MAY HELP TO                  UNCOVER HIDDEN ISSUES.
YOUR CAT'S CHECK-UP
PREPARATION CHECKLIST
  • MAKE YOUR CAT'S CARRIER A "HOME AWAY FROM HOME"
​      LEAVE THE CARRIER IN A ROOM WHERE YOUR CAT SPENDS TIME SO THEY CAN BECOME        COMFORTABLE AND FAMILIAR WITH IT BEFORE THE VISIT TO THE VETERINARIAN.  THIS          WILL TAKE SOME TIME, SO BE PATIENT.  IT WILL MAKE GETTING YOUR CAT INTO THE              CARRIER BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT EASIER.
  • PLACE FAMILIAR SOFT BEDDING OR TOWELS IN THE CARRIER                                                 CATS ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH THE FAMILIAR AND NEED TIME TO ADJUST TO THE UNFAMILIAR.  BEDDING OR CLOTHING WITH YOUR SCENT CAN MAKE THEM FEEL MORE SECURE IN THE CARRIER.  IT CAN ALSO BE HELFUL TO COVER THE CARRIER WITH A TOWEL. 
  • CONSIDER USING A FELINE PHEROMONE SPRAY                                                                         USE A PHEROMONE SPRAY PRODUCT SUCH AS FELIWAY AND SPRAY/WIPE THE CARRIER AND AND TOWELS/BEDDING 30 MINUTES BEFORE GETTING YOUR CAT IN THE CARRIER AND LEAVING FOR THE APPOINTMENT TO HELP KEEP YOUR CAT CALM.