Their ancestors may have spent all of their time chasing mice, but the cats of today have vaulted into our homes and hearts as the most popular pet. There are now more than 80 million cats in US households!
Many people take a cat’s independence, attitude, and self-sufficient spirit as a sign that they are pretty low maintenance. Actually, the cats of today still have the “fight or flight” instinct of their ancestors. They instinctually hide their illnesses to avoid become dinner for a bigger predator. Owners can often miss the subtle signs that their kitty isn’t feeling well. The unfortunate result of this is that when veterinarians do see cats, they are often faced with advanced problems that are more costly and difficult to treat. Extensive kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and even widespread parasites top the list of feline issues.
Cat owners may need to watch their pets more closely for signs of illness. A veterinarian can help determine an appropriate health care plan, including which vaccines your pet requires. A review of the cat’s risk factors and the overall prevalence of specific diseases in the area are looked at to make the best recommendation.
Cats may have a bit of an attitude, but don’t we all? There really is a lot to admire about these athletic, graceful, and inherently curious animals. Lori H