Even though veterinary groups recommend it, it turns out that more than half of the 74 million cats in the United Stats don’t get annual health exams according to a new study released on July 22. According to the study which was released by Bayer Healthcare, 52% of cats don’t receive regular veterinary care. There are a few reasons cited in the study for this lack of attention.
Many cats in the U.S. are obtained when they are lost or abandoned so new cat owners aren’t getting proper instructions on cat care. Cats happen to be very good at masking illness. Also the fact that many cats live indoors makes owners feel that they might be safer from diseases and conditions that could be harmful to their felines. And one reason which just seems ludicrous is that many cats don’t like carriers and owners let them be since they have to put them in a carrier to take them to the vet.
The study was based on a nationally representative online survey of 1,938 cat owners, as well as several focus groups organized across the United States. The bottom line? We need more awareness for cat owners across America. If you want to enjoy a long and healthy relationship with your cat then make the effort to have their health checked. It’s hopefully only once a year.