National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Statistics show that cat owners take their cat to the vet in their first year and then don’t return for regular check ups until the cat gets sick.  The Association of American Felines designated August 22nd as a reminder to all cat owners that their pets require regular check-ups for monitoring their health.  An annual check up will keep a record of your cats’ weight, condition of coat, teeth, claws as well as track urine and blood work and identify any change in health that you should be aware of. 

Often owners don’t take their cats to the vets because they are ‘inside’ cats and not exposed to things like ticks, fleas, rabies or illness they can acquire from prowling in the outdoors.  That being said, indoor cats are also susceptible to many diseases, including obesity, arthritis, diabetes and kidney problems.  Prevention is often better the cure and annual check ups could be both a better financial investment and an investment in your cat’s health.  CanEVA PETS is a supplement designed for senior cats to help with quality of life, agility and joint health as they age.  If you see the signs of your older cat having difficulty jumping up and down of their favourite perch, or recoiling from your touch and acting more distant then usual, be sure to let your vet know and research the benefits of Elk Velvet Antler.

Taking your cat to the vet is often stressful for both the owner and the cat.  Some of the anxiety and stress comes from putting your cat in the carrier. Cats are most comfortable with the familiar and if the carrier is not a part of their every day environment its presence usually means they are going somewhere unfamiliar and they may associate the carrier with the veterinarian’s office which is probably not her favorite place.  The goal is for your cat to learn to associate the carrier with positive experiences and enter the carrier frequently and voluntarily. Make the carrier a familiar place at home by leaving it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time. Place familiar soft bedding inside the carrier. Bedding or clothing with your scent can make your cat feel more secure. Place treats, catnip, or toys inside the carrier to encourage your cat to go inside. Often, you will first see that treats are removed from the carrier overnight. Cats do not learn from punishment or force. Give rewards to encourage positive behavior. Mobile veterinarians are also an option, and becoming increasingly popular in many areas.  Check out the possibilities of a vet coming right to your home.

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