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National Cat Health Month

by Therese on February 23, 2008

in Cats, Pet Health

20080223cat.jpgIt’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? I’ll be calling my vet on Monday to set up an appointment for Tequila’s dental. She’s thrilled.

From the Detroit Free Press…

Most of us know that February is Black History Month and National Heart Month. And a few even know it’s International Twit Award Month (more on that another day.)

But 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.

But cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of pets — they often get no respect. Consider these numbers from the experts:

• 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.

Read more cat stats here.

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matt February 24, 2008 at 8:55 am

Good stuff. I’ve been spreading the word about pet dental month as well.

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Ann January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for the reminder! My two, Fat Man and Bean, are well over due for their check up. Will schedule them!

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