The Disappearing Cat

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness

Nationally, veterinarians see 5 dogs for every cat on average, even though there are 85.8 million pet cats and 77.8 million pet dogs. Cats aren't getting the same level of care that dogs do! 

Veterinary care is just as important for felines as it is for canines- regular wellness visits will help your cat to live a longer, happier, healthier life, and detect early signs of problems that could reduce their abilities or lifespan if left undiagnosed or untreated. 

There is unfortunately a persistent myth among some people that cats don’t need to go to the vet unless they’re actively sick- but the fact is, many diseases and conditions can develop that do not present visible symptoms until they’re already advanced, when treatment may be more difficult. 

Annual blood work can catch issues with a cat’s thyroid, liver, or kidneys before they have done silent, irreversible damage. In addition, any cat who spends time outdoors or with other cats should also be getting regular parasite preventatives for fleas, ticks, and internal parasites such as heartworm, most of which must be prescribed by a veterinarian.  

Most people think their cat hates going to the vet, and they may be right. In fact, 38% of cat owners report getting stressed just thinking about taking their cat to the vet. No wonder cats aren’t getting to the vet more often! There are simple things you can do to make the whole situation less stressful on your cat as well as yourself. For instance, if your kitty hides when you bring their carrier out of storage, there’s a way to make this easier on everyone: a carrier that only shows up when it’s time to go to the vet is frightening, but a carrier that is part of the usual living room landscape and serves as a place to nap on a regular basis isn’t scary at all. Any carrier can tuck under an end table and have a cozy blanket to make an everyday retreat for a cat so that it’s a familiar place when it’s time to go to the vet or anywhere else. 

For high strung cats who are really afraid of the whole vet visit process, you can talk to your vet about giving your cat a dose of gabapentin at home before their appointment so help relieve their anxiety. Vets have seen lots of reluctant cats, and they have helpful suggestions for many situations. 

It’s not fair to your cat to assume that they will let you know when they need medical attention. Help them live a happier, healthier, longer life by bringing them in for regular wellness visits.  We have wellness packages that make it more cost effective to bundle the annual wellness care depending on your cat’s individual needs! 

 Call AMCMA today to schedule an appointment for your cat at (314) 951-1534. 

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.