Take Your Cat to the Vet Day 2017

Did you know, 22nd of August is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day? Yeah this means you, pet parents! It’s time to push you, oh so gently, towards thinking about that vital annual ‘wellness’ visit for your cat.The Cat, Mysterious Creature, and Confuser of Humans

You may feel your cat is doing fine, it doesn’t NEED an annual visit. Princess, or Clyde, or Misty bounces around, has fun, and eats like a small tiger, so you don’t need to bother – right? Let us, respectfully, put you right on this idea.

Phoebe is not long out of kittenhood. As a young Adult she has an annual ‘wellness’ checkup.

A cat is a master of disguise, you may not find out your cat has a serious infection, a sprain or a lump without a regular vet check. Cats are skilled at hiding illness so a ‘predator’ will not sense weakness. An annual ‘wellness visit’ might catch something and cure it cheaply – rather than cost you thousands of dollars for a serious health issue.

Remember too, the time of cats being “old at 7” are long gone. You are more likely find this approach to cat ageing:

  • Kittens – generally up to one year old
  • Adult 1 – 7 years old
  • Mature 7 – 10
  • Senior 11 – 14
  • Geriatric 14+

What Happens on a Vet Visit With Your Cat?

If you have never been on a vet visit, you might be worried about what the heck happens. It can seem intimidating, because you don’t know what is going on.  Let us tell you what we have learned about vet visits.

With a fur family of our own, we have discovered that vets have very structured examination techniques. Anyone who has been to a vet will see exactly the same thing, all over the world, from here in New Zealand to Paris, France: New York City and all points ‘USA’.

  • A Top to Toe exam – looking for lumps and bumps, and anything that does not say ‘healthy cat’ to their trained eye.
  • Listen up! Your vet will listen to your cat’s heart and chest carefully for signs of any respiratory issues.
  • Focus on the Front – a good look to check the condition of teeth and gums, and breath for potential tummy issues.
  • Focus on the Rear – The rectal thermometer is no cat’s favourite but the temperature can indicate possible health issues. Your vet might call for a urine test to check on kidney health. Our Harvey is waiting on the results of this test himself.
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day 2017
Miranda is an ADULT, she gets an annual check up like Phoebe

Help! Vets Can Be Very Expensive

Vets are as skilled as human doctors, if not more so. You pay for those skills when you visit the vet at their surgery.  When researching this post I discovered several unhappy comments accusing the veterinary profession of attempting to maximise profit at the expense of animals. This is a difficult point with no easy answers, but I thought a few tips to help you know where you stand financially with your vet visit might help:

  • Ask for a quote from the veterinary office. Tell them your cat is coming for an ‘annual wellness check’. They should be able to give you the vet’s standard kitty check up fee.
  • Do you have cat friends? Ask them for veterinary recommendations. A personal recommendation will come from someone who loves and trusts their vet.
  • There may be charges for tests. Ask for prices if you need to. Don’t be intimidated. Vets are prepared for questions, then write down the prices they quote.
  • Try to find a vet who specialises in cats. This is not always possible, but, your cat will get awesome treatment from someone who lives and breathes ‘cat’.
Harvey Button. He is a SENIOR who goes for a six monthly wellness check.
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Heck I’m Scared of the Vet!

  • Don’t be. Write down any questions or worries you might have before you go to the surgery.
  • Nerves can easily make queries for your vet vanish like smoke, especially if it’s your first visit and you are as nervous as your cat!
  • Never be afraid to ask questions, and wait patiently for explanations then if you need to do so, ask for clarification.
  • You are paying the vet for their skill and their time, they will respect this, and give the best explanation they can. 

Make this the week you take your cat to the vet, and if the budget stretches that far, look into cat insurance too!

Marjorie and the 
Dash Kitten Crew
Team Dash Kitten

 

 

 

 

References and Credits :

Royal Canin Take Your Cat to the Vet
AVMA Vet statistics quoted  
USA Pet Health Network
CatVets.com Make Vet Visits Less Stressful
Images: Vet – HalfPoint and Otoscope – bialasiewicz

 

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9 Comments

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    Hairballs and Hissyfits

    August 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    those are terrible stats – i can’t believe so many people never take their cat to the vet! Thanks for informative post!

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    Summer

    August 22, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I think you laid it out quite clearly that we kitties need regular checkups and vet care!

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    Cathy Armato

    August 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    It’s amazing to me that some people still won’t take their kitties to the Vet unless it’s a near dire need! By the time you realize something is really wrong it’s probably already in the late stages. Veterinarians deserve to be paid for their expertise and medical care of our beloved pets. I don’t skimp when it comes to quality food or Vet care for my babies. My husband is a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to pet care, but he’s learning, LOL!! Excellent post!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    The Island Cats

    August 23, 2017 at 12:16 am

    We don’t like going to the vet, but we know how important it is for us to go.

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    Ellen Pilch

    August 23, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Excellent post. Good care is so important. I am at the vet too often lately, we have several seniors and a few geriatric too.

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    Brian Frum

    August 23, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Great post gang! We are so fortunate to have such a loving and caring Vet and staff. I must admit though, it seems like we celebrate take your cat to the vet day a little too often sometimes MOL!

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    mommakatandherbearcat

    August 23, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I just assume everyone does what I do … but it doesn’t sound like it, unfortunately. I hate taking Bear – HATE … I feel horrible for taking him … but I’d never forgive myself if my not taking him cost him his life.

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    Melissa & Mudpie

    August 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Pawsome post! It’s so sad that many people don’t think cats need regular care as much as dogs do. This is such an important day to remind people how quickly a small medical problem can become something really big if it’s not caught early.

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    MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko/

    August 26, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Our cats have always gone at regular intervals and more if needed. Pipo goes again in November…hopefully it will make for yet another Happy Thanksgiving for all of us:)

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