Why Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Cats need routine vet visits.

The ASPCA estimates that between 30 and 37% of all US households include at least one cat. That translates to between 74 and 96 million owned cats. However, in 2011, about 44.9% of cats with owners did not visit the veterinarian. This is in stark contrast to only 18.7% of dogs not visiting the veterinarian that year (Burns, 2013).

Why Aren't Cats Taken to the Veterinarian?

There are several common reasons that people give for not taking their cats to the veterinarian routinely, including:

So Why Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

With all of the reasons above for not taking your cat to the veterinarian, what are some motivations to bite the bullet, stick him in the carrier, and endure the ride to the doctor's office?

How Often Does My Cat Need to Go to the Vet?

In general, it is a good idea to visit the veterinarian with your cat twice a year. Don't forget, our cats age more quickly than we do, so a lot of changes can occur in that time period.


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