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National Cat Health Month

It’s time to celebrate your cat and make sure he or she is healthy. And since it’s also National Pet Dental Health Month, why not have your cat’s teeth looked at?

If you’re a cat owner or lover, here’s another one you need to know: It’s National Cat Health Month. If you’re like many cat owners who are lax about getting regular checkups for your feline friends, it’s a good time to get them in for a vet visit. By numbers alone, Americans have a love affair with cats. According to the newly published American Veterinary Medical Association U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, they outnumber dogs: 82 million cats vs. 71 million dogs.

According to an AVMA survey, cats don’t visit veterinarians as often as dogs. The average dog sees a vet 1.5 times a year. Cats average less than once a year. And that’s especially bad news for cats because they can hide illness or pain, so millions don’t see a vet until they’re profoundly ill. • Cats are abandoned or given up for adoption more often than dogs, too. In a several-year study conducted in the 1990s, the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy looked at animals given up to shelters. Of the cases in which a species was identified, 27% were dogs and 35% were cats. • Of the lost or stolen animals entering U.S. shelters, 15% to 30% of dogs are reclaimed by owners, according to the Humane Society of the United States. However, a meager 5% of cats are reclaimed.

Take this time to schedule your cats annual visit to see his/or her veterinarian. Call us today at (706)561-1171!