Cats are America’s #1 pet
There are 86.4 million pet cats in the United States, compared with 78.2 million pet dogs, making cats the most popular pet. A third of U.S. households own at least one cat and more than half of those own at least two.
Veterinarian Visits Are Declining
Despite the fact that in the last five years the number of pet cats has increased to more than 4 million, the number of feline veterinarian visits is declining. Compared with dogs, nearly three times as many cats did not receive any veterinary care in the past year. This disturbing trend is leading many veterinary professionals to ask pet owners, “Have we seen your cat lately?”
Myths That Contribute to Fewer Veterinary Visits For Cats
There are several commonly held misperceptions that keep some cat owners from getting the regular veterinary care their cats need.
These myths include:
The American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association recommend a minimum of one annual wellness exam for cats, with more frequent exams for senior and geriatric patients, or those cats with medical or behavioral conditions
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