Routine veterinary visits for cats are one of the most essential parts of feline care. This said, however, in an article published in Veterinary Practice News, according to a study done by Bayer HealthCare and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, fifty percent of American cats don’t receive regular veterinary care.
Most kitty guardians love their cats, so I have to believe that they would want what’s best for them. So what might be standing in the way in providing their kitties with regular veterinary care?
In the same study, researchers found that just the trip to the veterinary clinic were major issues for kitty guardians, with fifty-eight percent of owners (58%) saying that not only did their cats abhor going to a veterinary clinic, their cats were so fearful of the carrier and the car travel that their owners avoided taking their cats to the veterinarian.
As far as I am concerned kitty guardians who are highly motivated to provide their cats with this essential care will move mountains to overcome these obstacles. There is an abundance of alternative methods to ensure that cats will receive routine veterinary care.
Since most cats are not very keen about traveling, an increasingly popular alternative is to use the services of a mobile house call veterinary practice. This is extremely convenient especially for folks who have a multi-cat household. Some veterinarians may even offer special discounts for multi-cat households. When making an appointment it’s a good idea to inquire about their discount policies.
Since cats find it stressful enough just going to the vet, another alternative is to consider seeking the services of a feline-only practice. What are some of the reasons for using a feline-only practice which can make veterinary visits easier for both cats and their guardians?
It goes without saying that the environment in a feline only practice is designed to be cat-friendly. In many feline-only practices noise levels are generally low. There are no barking dogs to further upset kitties. Exam rooms are designed to be more comfortable for cats and the examining rooms are typically devoid of inaccessible places so cats cannot get “trapped” into small spaces.
The staff has chosen to work with kitties, mainly because they love kitties. The veterinarians, the assistants and technicians have all received special training in how to handle cats safely. Veterinarians who are feline specialists are up to date with the most recent cat care techniques, diagnosis and treatment methods. Guardians will never get that unsettling feeling that the practitioner may still think that “cats are little dogs”.
Feline-only veterinarians will understand feline nature and behavior. They know how cats communicate and can more easily help them to relax while they are being examined. This helps kitties feel less stressed which makes handling easier.
Additionally, most feline-only veterinary practices will have not only toys, scratching posts and cat-trees and-grooming for sale; they may also have a wide selection of high-quality species appropriate raw and canned foods and healthy grain-free treats; making a visit to the vet more convenient for kitty guardians.
I highly suspect that cats will respond more positively to a veterinarian and staff who truly love cats and have specially chosen to work only with this species. What do you think? Tell us in a comment.