Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. We want to help keep your cat healthy by encouraging you to get routine check-ups for your cat(s). Did you know that 83% of cats visit the veterinarian before their 1st birthday, but over 50% don’t return until they become sick or are in pain? With regular healthcare, your veterinarian can often detect conditions that may affect your cat’s long-term health.

Truffle and Brulee visiting the vet

Up until this year, we visited our vet on an annual basis for our checkups...

Recently, our vet began offering a wellness checkup plan that includes biannual checkups, flea/tick monthly treatments, blood work, and other necessary tests and items needed to keep us healthy. This plan is paid on a monthly basis and now encourages Mom Paula to take us to the vet twice a year for healthy checkups. Brulee had her annual checkup in March and is due for her 6-month checkup next month. Truffle had her annual checkup this past Friday. We're happy to report that everything checked out normally and our blood work was excellent.

Graphic courtesy American Association of Feline Practioners and Cat Friendly Practice

Prior to the mid 1990s when Sweet Praline came to live with Mom Paula, she only took her cats to the vet when they were sick. Mom Paula became more aware of the need for wellness care for cats when Praline was a kitten and the vet recommended annual checkups. As Praline became a senior cat, the vets recommended bi-annual checkups. Mom Paula has continued our wellness checkups since we came to live with her. Persians are prone to certain illnesses and diseases and regular checkups that include blood work can help rule out or treatment of potential problems. We admit that vet care can be expensive for some people, but the health of your fur child is so important and checkups shouldn't be avoided!

Graphic courtesy AAFP

Mom Paula: I admit that vet care has been expensive for me in the past. There were times I sacrificed care for myself in order to take care of my girls. I purchased pet insurance (Trupanion) for the girls when they were kittens. I pay on the premiums on a monthly basis and I know if the girls are ill or injure themselves that I will be reimbursed almost 80% of the charges. I applied for and received a Care Credit card to help pay for the expenses up front. Once I receive the reimbursement, I pay on the card. A lot of people set up a special savings account for vet care. 

Dr. Strom examining Truffle

We're very lucky our veterinary hospital (Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital) is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), a Cat Friendly Practice Gold, and currently working on the vets and staff on becoming Fear Free certified. 

If you don't take your cats to the vet on an annual basis, we strongly encourage you do schedule that first appointment now for a wellness checkup.

21 comments:

  1. how interesting that your vet offers an incentive for bi-annual check ups.

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  2. My human used to be kind of lazy about taking her cats to the vet when they were younger, but she usually got better about it as they aged. With me, I need annual checkups for my therapy organization, so there's no getting out of that! And of course, Binga and Boodie being older, my human is very regular about getting their bloodwork done.

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  3. Excellent post, vet care is so important especially as cats age.

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  4. Sometimes it seems like we celebrate this special day too often MOL! It is very important though!!!

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  5. To me, it just seems normal to take kitties every year ... I'm really sad that so many people don't know that. Unfortunately, it's the cats who suffer from their people's ignorance. My next step is looking into plans like yours where routine things are covered on a regular basis. They're expensive - but I imagine there's peace of mind advantage. When Bear had his tumor removed, I was so panicked about it maybe being a sarcoma that I didn't even think about the costs and I was lucky that I could pay what was necessary. Not everyone is that lucky.

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  6. Our vet offers a wellness plan too, but we haven't really checked into it. Maybe it would be a good idea, especially as our cats get older.

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  7. Great post ladies, we go to the vets yearly or more often depending on what's happening, thanks so much fur sharing the impawtance of regular check-ups today!

    It's a shame that our vets don't have a wellness programme, we will ask if they are going to introduce one.

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox

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  8. Cats need to see the vet too! Even indoor cats! Both my cats see the vet on a regular basis, and now as they age, they go more often to get checked and have blood work done, because as I am sure you know, cats can be masters at hiding pain and sickness. It helps to have a vet that makes your cat comfortable during their visits.

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  9. Fabulous post. These 2 furladies always put a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing their lives with us! Cuties!!!

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  10. It is sad that people do not think their cats need vet visits as much as dogs do. I have our cat's next visit scheduled and at that time will set up their next one.

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  11. Such an important topic! It's crazy how few cats go to the vet. I hope that as inexpensive clinics keep popping up, maybe that number can increase! We're going back to the vet on Monday with Luna and Gypsy for their second set of shots and their spay surgeries... Wish us luck, it's gonna be a long week keeping them separated afterwards LOL.

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  12. Sad to me that they are forgotten, or not though of when it comes to the vet. :( - Shelby @ For The Love of Paws

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  13. This is a wonderful reminder of how important Vet care is. It's sad that so many people don't bring cats to the Vet regularly, it's not worth skipping medical care. I love the Info-Graphics you have shared here, I'm Pinning them - thanks!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  14. We took our first cat regularly to the vet. After we lost her, we invested in health insurance for our other pets. We also began the practice with each new cat we adopted of getting early blood work done. Vet care is so important! Thanks for drawing attention to this day.

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  15. I was surprised that so many people don't take their cats to the vet regularly. My mom's cat was very aggressive at the vet's so they had to sedate her with every visit. The vet said to only bring her in for an annual visit when she was a senior, simply because they felt the risk of sedation was also too much. Normally they like to see the senior cats twice a year.

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  16. We need a cat friendly vet. Ours seems to do everything well except cats at the moment. Truffle is looking great now (I am so glad to hear!!)

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  17. I love that your vet offers the wellness check up deal! I wish my vet offered something similar. I have a Care Credit as well which really helps. I don't have pet insurance - I know I should look into it, but just haven't yet.

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  18. I'm so happy to hear that Truffle's well check was a good one and that Brulee's March check up went well, too. Vet care is such an important topic and having pet insurance offers peace of mind. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  19. This is a great informative and accurate post. I didn't realize that over 50% of cat owners don't return until somethings wrong. It's very true that as cats become older especially in senior years bi annual checkups are recommended for the same reasons you pointed out. Cats age quicker that humans and they can disguise pain from us. So glad Brulee and Truffle have a clean bill of health. Care credit is a God sent. I remember those days!

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  20. I like the idea of your vets bi-annual checkup and paying it monthly, I'm sure that helps for those that can't afford it. I'm not sure how old Rhette is but sure he is a senior cat and probably time to take him in every 6 months. Sandra and Dolly

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