Cats get the short end of the health care stick. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats visit the vet much less frequently than dogs. It’s not that felines are healthier (although cats do hide illness better) but many cats hate the vet so much their owners find it easier to just skip it. But even healthy cats need well exams once or twice a year.
Cats are adept at protecting themselves from stranger danger. What’s familiar is safe, while anything new or different raises kitty suspicions. A vet visit delivers a triple whammy by changing the cat’s routine, environment and exposure to strangers. The fine folks at Paw Nation just published my article outlining seven reasons cats hate the vet and how you can ease the angst. And this little kitty (below) is going to benefit from vet care–and doesn’t know just how lucky he got!
Yesterday the weather was so nice at City Limits (a local restaurant) that my writing partner-in-crime and I sat outside during our lunchtime meeting. This smoke beauty arrived, tail straight up in the air, c’attitude-plus, and proceeded to cheek-rub our feet, the chair legs, you name it. Heck, felines seem to recognize us kitten-smitten folk.
The restaurant fronts on a busy highway–scary traffic whizzes by all day long. This was NO place for a cat–and sadly, this isn’t the first I’ve seen hangin’ out at eateries. I knew that if the kitty-boy headed toward the traffic or was still there after our meeting, I’d give in and swoop him down to my vet’s office for a screening–cuz I’ll be on the road this weekend at a writer’s conference.
But the CAT GODS were with us–and this lovely kitty lover, Jodi Green, showed up for lunch at the next table and the smoke-colored kitty had a home. I’m calling him “Thursday” for the moment, but he left with Jodi to join her other cats and rescue dogs, with a trip to the vet scheduled in the next day or so.
How did you find your feline friend? Was s/he a back porch orphan? A planned shelter adoption? A pedigree beauty destined for show ribbons? My Seren-dipity was a dumped kitten and . . . I don’t quite know what I’d do without her. In my eyes and heart, she’s show-ribbon worthy, and betcha your fur-kids are, too. How often do you get kitty-kins to the vet? Is it an ordeal or routine? Please share your tips!
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