Cats are the most popular pet
There are 82 million pet cats in the U.S., compared with 72 million dogs,1 making cats the most popular pet.
Yet studies show the number of feline veterinary visits is declining steadily each year. For example, a recent industry survey revealed that compared with dogs, almost three times as many cats had NOT received veterinary care in the past year.2
The disparity may be related to common myths about cat health, such as:
- Cats are naturally healthier and more problem-free than dogs
- Feline health problems come from outside and don’t affect indoor cats
- Cats will display visible signs of illness like dogs do
The truth is, cats need regular veterinary care, including annual exams and vaccinations, just like dogs do. Also, because cats are naturally adept at hiding signs of illness, annual exams are especially important for early diagnosis of health problems.
That’s why AMC is participating in the “Have we seen your cat lately?™””national awareness campaign and taking steps to raise awareness about the importance of regular veterinary care for cats. Dr White says “Cats tend to hide their health problems.” So, if you notice any unusual behavior in your cat, like decreased appetite, hiding, frequent litter box use, or anything else out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment to have your cat examined. Dr. White says “By addressing problems early, we can prevent issues leading to more serious health problems.”
Animal Medical Center encourages all cat owners to schedule wellness exams for their cats.
The nationwide “Have we seen your cat lately?” awareness program is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
1AVMA. U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook. 2007 ed. Schaumburg, IL: American Veterinary Medical Association; 2007:1-27.
22009 – 2010 APPA national pet owners survey. Greenwich, CT: American Pet Products Association, Inc.; 2010.
©2010 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Used with permission.