There are 82 million pet cats in the U.S. compared with 72 million dogs, making cats the most popular pet. Yet studies show the number of feline veterinary visits is declining steadily each year. So our question to you is, “Have we seen your cat lately?”
Here are some common myths that may have contributed to your decision not to introduce your feline companion(s) to us:
• Cats are naturally healthier and more problem-free than dogs.
• Feline health problems come from outside and do not affect indoor cats.
• Cats will display visible signs of illness like dogs do.
The truth is, cats need regular veterinary care, including semi-annual exams and vaccinations, just like dogs do. And because they are naturally adept at hiding signs of illness, regular exams are especially important for timely diagnosis of health problems. Otherwise, you may not be aware your cat is sick until the illness has become critical and requires longer and more extensive treatment. Diagnosing illness or conditions early and beginning treatment before the life-limiting side effects set in, can save your cat a lot of suffering.
That’s why Rising Sun Animal Care is taking steps to raise awareness about the importance of regular veterinary care for cats. Here are 10 subtle signs of sickness in your cat: inappropriate elimination behavior, changes in interaction, changes in activity level, changes in sleeping habits, changes in food and water consumption, unexplained weight loss or gain, changes in grooming habits, signs of stress, changes in vocalization and bad breath. Discussing these signs with your veterinary care team is very important to your cat’s health, so give us a call today to schedule an appointment.
For more information, you can also visit HaveWeSeenYourCatLately.com.
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