If you haven’t taken your cat to the vet in a while, next week is a good time to start. August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, so we encourage you to take your furry family member to the vet if you can. Just as people should get an annual checkup, cats need to go to the vet regularly to make sure they are healthy and no problems are on the horizon. Even if your cat appears to be fine, you should know that cats are very stoic. There could be something wrong, but they tend to not show signs of illness sometimes until the medical issue has progressed.


If you need more motivation to take your cat to the vet, here are a few more reasons to consider:


Your Cat Ages Much Faster Than You: The average cat will live up 20 years, depending on the breed, his or her diet, and many other factors. A human being can expect to live into his or her 70s and beyond if he or she lives a healthy life. So, doing the math, one year in a human’s life could mean up to four in a cat’s life. Would you wait four years to see your doctor? Your cat shouldn’t either. Cats, especially older ones, can develop diseases very quickly, and it’s much easier to treat a disease in its earlier stages before it progresses.


You Will Develop a Relationship with Your Vet: The relationship between a veterinarian and a pet owner is very important. By working together, you can ensure your cat gets the best care possible and enjoys a healthy life. Yearly visits allow your vet to get to know your cat, so he or she may be able to identify issues quicker. Your vet will also be able to review past records from previous visits to get a better idea of what may be going on with your cat. On the flip side, regular visits and providing your cat with age-appropriate vaccinations on a yearly basis show your vet that you can be trusted as a caring pet owner.


It’s Much Less Expensive to Pay for Preventative Services than Treatment: As we indicated above, prevention through regular vet visits and other means can help your cat live a healthier life. It can also allow your vet to catch something early when there are more treatments, and less invasive treatment options, available. If you’re worried about costs, you should know that preventative care is much cheaper than treatment later on after a condition has advanced. In addition to that, you can find cat medicine online and vet supplies for cats that are often much cheaper than you might find in stores. In most cases, it won’t cost you a lot of money to make sure your cat enjoys the best health possible.