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National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Show your cat some extra love this National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day - keep them healthy and happy with regular check-ups and preventive care!
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August 22
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Celebrate National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22 with your furry friend! This day was created as a reminder for cats owners to take their beloved pets in for checkups and preventive care. It's also an opportunity to recognize the bond between cats and humans, as well as raise awareness about feline health issues. So grab your cat’s carrier and head out for a fun trip to the vet!

History of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day Dates

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Vet Medicine</div><div class='timeline-text'>Veterinary medicine came to be recognized as a professional field in the late 1800s, paving way for animal healthcare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1910</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Feline Veterinary Study</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first recorded study focused specifically on feline health, giving rise to the concern for routine cat care.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise in Cat Ownership</div><div class='timeline-text'>The trend for keeping cats as domestic pets significantly rose during the 1960s, increasing the demand for feline healthcare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Feline-Specific Medicine</div><div class='timeline-text'>Recognition of unique feline health issues led to development of feline-specific medicine and diagnostics in veterinary practice.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Feline Health Awareness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Veterinary Medical Foundation established August 22 as a dedicated day to promote feline health by encouraging regular vet visits.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Schedule an appointment</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your cat to the vet for a checkup and address any health concerns. The vet will be able to perform a physical exam, discuss diet and nutrition, and provide preventive care advice.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit your local animal shelter and take your cat to meet other cats in need of a good home. A trip to the shelter can be a great way to socialize and show your cat some love.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a playdate</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Set up a playdate for your cat with another feline friend. This is a great way for cats to get exercise, socialize with other cats, learn important social skills, and just have plain old fun!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Treat yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your cat how much you care by treating them (and yourself) to something special. Get some new toys, treats or even a new bed for them to sleep in.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize an outing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend some quality time with your cat by taking them out on an adventure! Visit the park or go for a walk around the neighborhood – make sure they are supervised at all times.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes good healthcare</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Regular checkups are essential for keeping our cats healthy and happy. Taking your cat to the vet can help diagnose potential problems early before they become major issues and it may also uncover other illnesses that could be affecting your cat without you even realizing it. Plus, it helps build a relationship of trust between owners and their own veterinarians so they feel more comfortable asking questions or seeking advice about their pet’s care.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's important for safety</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Vaccinations can help protect cats from diseases, parasites, and other health risks. Regular visits to the vet are also important for heartworm prevention, flea/tick control, spaying/neutering, deworming, dental exams and other preventative care. By taking your cat to the vet on a regular basis, you're ensuring they stay safe and healthy throughout their life!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps build a bond</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking your cat to the vet is not only beneficial for their physical health – it’s also great for their emotional wellbeing. Veterinary visits can help build a strong bond between owners and their cats as it teaches them that caring for their pet includes regular checkups and preventive care. Showing your cat that you love them enough to take them to the vet will surely make up for any minor inconveniences along the way!</p></div></div>

5 Unfurgettable Facts About Cat Vet Visits

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cats Hide Their Illnesses Very Well</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to their survival instincts, cats are experts at hiding symptoms of illness or injury. Regular vet checks can help detect problems earlier, potentially saving your pet's life.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Obesity is a Significant Issue for Cats</h3><p class='facts-content'>Over 50% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. These conditions can lead to serious health problems like diabetes, arthritis, and more. Regular monitoring of your cat's weight by a vet is crucial!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cats Can Have Tooth Decay Too</h3><p class='facts-content'>Cats are susceptible to periodontal diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Thankfully, regular dental check-ups and cleanings at the vet can catch these issues early on and help maintain your cat's dental health.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cats Age More Rapidly Than Humans</h3><p class='facts-content'>A common misconception is that a cat ages 7 years for each human year. In fact, a one-year-old cat is physiologically similar to a 15-year-old human and a two-year-old cat is similar to a 24-year-old human! Hence, annual vet checks are equivalent to you visiting your doctor every four to five years.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cats Are Experts in Stress Management</h3><p class='facts-content'>Visits to the vet can be stressful for your furry friend. Nonetheless, cats have developed ways to manage stress and anxiety, such as purring, which can be a self-soothing mechanism. Knowing this can make visits less stressful for both you and your pet.</p></div></div>

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day FAQs

When is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day?

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is celebrated on August 22 every year. In 2024 National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day will occur on a Thursday.

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