The best thing you can do for your cat
Today I am wearing my lab coat because I have something serious to discuss: your cat’s health. I know, no one enjoys going to the doctor, and especially not cats. But did you know that a study found that more than half of owned cats had not been to the veterinarian in the last year? National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is Saturday, August 22nd, so this is a great time to remedy the situation.
You are probably thinking, “But Daisy, my cat hates going to the vet!” This might be true, but cats are experts at hiding illnesses. Dogs are much more likely than cats to get regular veterinary care, maybe because dogs seem to whine about every little problem! If you wait until your stoic cat actually appears sick to take him or her to the vet, you’re missing the chance to catch an illness before it develops or becomes worse. Routine, preventive care such as annual exams and lab work can detect potential problems early. Besides, I know from experience that needles only pinch a little bit.
Here I am at my last veterinary appointment trying to be brave. The doctor weighed me, examined all of my parts, and took some of my blood. Here is the embarrassing part: he emptied my anal sacs. Yuck! The bad news is that I had to get my teeth cleaned later that week. But the good news is that I am in overall pretty good health. I’m very proud of myself. And I got extra treats that afternoon for being so brave.
Even though your cat would probably prefer some catnip, new toys or a nice scratching post, the very best gift you can give your cat is the gift of good health. Even I sometimes hide when something scary happens. But being sick is much scarier than a simple veterinary visit. I hope you will take my advice and schedule an appointment for your own cats to see the vet if they are past due for an exam.