Dancing with the Stars judge and cat lover Carrie Ann Inaba is teaming up with Royal Canin in a campaign to encourage cat owners to take their cats to the vet as part of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22.
The campaign comes as a response to findings from a recent Royal Canin survey that indicate only 41% of cat owners take their cats in for regular check-ups. According to that same survey, veterinarians see only one cat for every five dogs, despite cats outnumbering dogs by over 10 million.
“Our goal with this year’s program is to rally cat owners, veterinarians, industry partners and even celebrities together to shine the spotlight on the importance of veterinary care for cats. While the gap in preventive veterinary care between dogs and cats in the U.S. continues to be a concern, the great news is that it can be addressed.”
— Kamie Eckert, President, Royal Canin USA.
For those who might not be looking forward to the process of taking their cats in for a check-up, the American Association of Feline Practitioners has the following tips to make the process as painless as possible:
- Understand your cat’s behavior. The veterinarian’s office is unfamiliar and has sights, sounds and smells that can cause your cat to feel anxious or fearful. Cover their carrier with a towel to help block the sight of other animals and dampen the unfamiliar sounds. Respect your cat’s need for time to acclimate to the new environment.
- Help your cat become comfortable with the carrier. Place the carrier in a room at home where your cat spends most of their time and equip it with familiar soft bedding as well as special toys.
Get the best carrier for your cat. Secure, stable, hard-sided carriers that open from the top and the front, and can also be taken apart in the middle, are best for your cat.
- Take your cat to a Cat Friendly Practice®. These veterinary practices have made specific changes to decrease the stress and provide a more calming environment for you and your cat.
- Keep peace in a multi-cat household. Leave the returning cat in the carrier for a few minutes to see how all your cats react to unfamiliar smells, and separate if there are signs of tension.