A recent study in the US revealed that 9.6% of cat owners do not take their cat to the veterinarian at all and 27.1% visit a veterinarian only when their cat is sick. These statistics indicate that one in every four cat owners are not giving their cat the important veterinary care they require.
Just like with humans, annual checkups and regular health visits are important because veterinarians can examine and potentially identify future health concerns before they fully develop and become dangerous to your pets health and expensive to treat. Cats may not readily show signs that they are uncomfortable or feeling visibly ill. Heart disease, hyperthyroidism and arthritis are just a few of degenerative diseases in older cats. Using a variety of diagnostic techniques and treatments, your veterinarian can help treat your pet before it seriously impacts your cat’s quality of life or even shortens his or her’s lifespan.
If you’re not sure how frequently your cat should be visiting their vet, it’s quick and easy to pick up the phone and find out from your veterinarian. They can advise you based on your cat’s prior health history and age. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure!
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