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Pet adoption and care continues to be on trend as people across the country add furry friends to their families. However, building a bond is only the first step in owning pets. Curiosity and care for your pet’s health will last for a lifetime.
Strong bonds with pets are among the more positive outcomes of quarantine. According to a survey by Royal Canin, nearly 40% of people agree that they would not have been quarantined without their pets. Of the more than 90 million cats in U.S. households, however, more than half don’t get an annual veterinary check-up, according to the American Pet Products Association.
Cats tend to be stoic. So if they show any obvious signs that they are not feeling well, they need to be examined immediately. However, it’s not always obvious that something is affecting your cat’s health, and in the context of a pandemic, it may not be clear how to deal with concerns.
In honor of the annual # Cat2Vet campaign, which encourages owners to schedule regular veterinary examinations, Royal Canin’s experts offer these tips to arouse curiosity about your cat’s health.
Possible health signals
If your cat is otherwise acting normally, there may be some evidence that she is not feeling really well. Watch for weight loss, changes in appetite or water intake, coughing or sneezing, lethargy, vomiting, changes in stool quality, and more or less urine in the litter box.
If anything unusual happens to your cat, ask your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Your clinic staff can help you determine if a visit is required.
Access to veterinary care
Many clinics offer roadside services where pet owners stay outside instead of entering the clinic. You can call your vet to let your vet know of your concerns while they are examining your cat.
Another option is mobile veterinary services, which are available in many areas. Mobile services can be used for routine visits, hospital visits, hospice visits, or other specialized treatments. Emergency clinics and specialty hospitals are also open when needed, as veterinary clinics are considered an indispensable business.
Some veterinarians also offer telehealth services for pet owners. In addition, Royal Canin offers cat owners free access to Ask.Vet’s chat service. The service provides home access to approved veterinarians 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply log in to Ask.Vet or send the text “chatnow” to 67076 to get in touch with a veterinarian who can answer health-related questions.
Prepare for a visit
Especially for cats who are not used to regular vet visits, a trip that is already uncomfortable can be stressful. Keep the following tips in mind to make the experience easier:
Instead of keeping the cat carrier hidden, make it accessible to your cat so that she can become familiar and familiar with the way it looks and smells.
Make time every day for activities such as brushing and clipping nails that will help keep your cat from being touched.
Use pheromone wipes and sprays to help relax your cat and relieve stress before the trip.
Play soothing music at a reasonable volume to calm cats at home and in the car on their way to the vet.
Join the cat health conversation and share why you take your cat to the vet annually by using # Cat2Vet on social media. Visit RoyalCanin.com/cathealth to find out more and win a prize package to help prepare your cat for your cat’s next visit to the vet. (Family characteristics)