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Feline Friday: Why Cats Hate Vets & Feline Fate

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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!

Stray kitty got lucky!

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.

Cat curses upon the son-of-a-bitch who dumped him. And bless the fine folks at City Limits who allowed him to hang out and cage eats until his fairy Jodi-godmother showed up. Little “Thursday” seemed to have a mission and knew exactly who to tell his mew-sical plight.
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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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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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  1. Annie came to me via a local rescue. She was surrendered because supposedly her family lost their jobs and they couldn’t afford to feed her. she’s the most expensive free kitty I’ve ever had. 1500 dollars later, her ripped diaphragm was repaired, and she was able to grow and eat again. My thought is that one of the three children picked her up & threw her, and as she twisted to land, she ripped it, which resulted in her lung being collapsed by her liver and stomach. Good news is, she’s a bundle of fun. Very small cat and just lots of personality.

    • Wow Kim, how lucky that Annie found you–you found each other! I remember a HBC (hit by car) case early in my vet tech career where the Cocker Spaniel stopped breathing in the waiting room. Rushed to the back, the vet tried external CPR, then cracked the chest and I bagged while he did hands-on heart massage…brought the dog back, and we then did surgical repair of the diaphragmatic hernia. Whew. Dog was FINE after that, unbelievable. One of the first articles I ever sold, years ago–but those internal injuries usually are lethal. Kudos Annie made it and thrives. Sometimes I think the ones who DO have the gumption to “make it” despite the odds, it’s because of that “lots of personality” that gives them that ability. What a neat story!


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