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Cats Often Overlooked for Veterinary Care

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Believe it or not, Sleuth has some pretty cool feline friends!  Not only are they fun, athletic and even graceful, but the cats make Sleuth laugh with their overwhelming curiosity!  But, Sleuth is hearing from his friends at the Veterinary News Network that cats aren’t always seen by veterinarians like his dog buddies are….why is that?

1)    Cats are the most popular pet in American…more than 80 million share our homes and our yards.  From rambunctious Siamese to pristine Persians and all the breeds and mixes in between, there is no doubt that we love cats.

2)    Unfortunately, our cats aren’t seen by veterinarians as often as our dogs.  Many people incorrectly believe that cats are either so low maintenance that they don’t need medical care or that the cat will take care of itself.

3)    Some owners even have a hard time simply transporting their cats or are afraid of adverse reactions that are very rarely seen with routine vaccinations.

4)    So, the end result is that when cats are seen by veterinarians, they are usually sicker or have a much more advanced medical issue.

5)    The CATalyst Council is working to educate cat owners about the importance of routine and preventive healthcare for their pets. 

6)    Regular veterinary examinations, at least every year, can help us spot little issues before they turn into big, expensive problems.  These exams can also be a good time for you to discuss any behavioral, eating or other changes they have seen in your pet.

7)    An open and honest discussion about your cat’s risk factors can help our veterinary team understand what vaccines are important for your cat and which ones can be avoided.

8)    If you have problems getting your cat into a carrier, ask our staff for advice.  You can also visit www.CATalystCouncil.org to see a video about this very topic!

9)    Cats are great pets…they are affectionate, fun-loving and definitely help make a house into a home.  Don’t let your feline friend go without the healthcare he/she needs.

10)    For more trustworthy and accurate pet health information, visit www.MyVNN.com or www.PetDocsOnCall.com .