Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?
Did you know? Cat owners may not be visiting their vet often enough to ensure that their cats are healthy. This ‘Have We Seen Your Cat Lately’ veterinary initiative aims to encourage the third (35%) of pet cats that are not receiving regular veterinary care.
Australians and cats
In a nation of pet lovers, Australia has a growing cat population of over 3.8 million cats. It seems, however, that some cat owners may be unwittingly neglecting the health needs of their furry companions. Your cat may look and act healthy but unless they have regular check ups, you cannot know that they are truly healthy.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and iCatCare recommend a minimum of one annual health check for cats, with more frequent exams for senior and geriatric patients, or cats with medical or behavioural conditions.
The Have We Seen Your Cat Lately? campaign aims to clarify common myths and misconceptions around cat health and encourages owners to commit to regular checkups. It is launching with support from key stakeholders including the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA), American Association of Feline Practitioners and iCatCare and sponsored by sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.
Well known veterinarians Dr James Carroll and Dr Anthony Bennett (stars of Foxtel’s The Village Vets) are also getting behind the campaign, encouraging cat owners to consider the health of their beloved pets.
Why cat owners (and their cats) don’t go to the vet
- Have you ever tried to catch your cat when a vet appointment is due? That is always when they disappear. Even when we have a home visit scheduled, the cat has gone – who knows where!
- Then when you get them in the car they meowl (howl and meow combined_ the entire journey!
- Plus cats are experts at hiding when they feel unwell. Most animals carry on as long as they can without showing signs of distress. By the time your cat shows visible signs of distress, they may be quite ill. This is why regular check up are best.
Mark Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA), says it’s important for cat owners to commit to regular health checks.
“Cats make great pets because they are naturally curious, unique and often independent. However it’s sometimes these same traits that make it difficult to detect when they might be experiencing health issues. Australian cat owners need to be doing the right thing by their pets. Taking your cat into the vet at least once a year can help give you peace of mind and ensure that any issues are detected early. This is a key part of being a responsible pet owner.”
You can also:
- Share photos of your cat using the official hashtag #Cat2Vet on Facebook or Instagram.
- Visit www.HaveWeSeenYourCatLately.com.au to get tips for a stress free vet visit, to find information on common cat illnesses or to complete a free health risk assessment.
- Watch the tongue in cheek interactive video developed for the campaign highlights the difficulty pet owner’s face in getting their cats to the vet.