Happy FRI-YAY. As always, it’s lovely to have you back (or welcome, if you are new here). If you’ve ben around here in the last week, you’ll know we’ve recently welcomed a new addition to our family: a baby 12-week old kitten. I found him stuck in a thorn bush, covered in burrs, and wet from the cold rain. I immediately decided I needed to adopt him, obviously. Anyways: a new kitten means lots of things, but most importantly: a visit to the vet. In honor of August 22nd being #cat2vetday, I’ve teamed up with Royal Canin to show you how important your kitty’s health is, especially around this time of year.
First off, meet my kitties. Izzy is an 8-month-old Tortie, and Chester is a 12-week-old Orange & White Tabby (you can follow their playful adventures on instagram @isabelandchester). They are both incredibly energetic, social and out-going. They made fast friends, and now love to snuggle together on the bed and roll around and play.
Fun fact: less than half of the cats owned in the United States are regularly seen by a veterinarian. National Take Your Cat To The Vet Day is a plead to cat moms and dads everywhere to make sure they routinely get their fur babies checked by a licensed veterinarian.
If you know me at all, you know that I am a cat LOVER. I have always had cats, and think they are one of the best pets. They make the best snugglers, are an absolute JOY to watch play and wrestle and they are incredibly smart. Unfortunately, cats are also extremely good at hiding illness. Preventative feline care is KEY to making sure your cat lives a long and healthy life (and it can help you avoid major vet bills in the future).
One of the most CRUCIAL times you need to take your furry friend to the vet is when you first adopt them. Adopting a cat into your life is an awesome and special experience. Often, cats have a way of choosing you, instead of the other way around.
If you adopt from a shelter, odds are they probably already vetted, but it’s good to take them in after you adopt them to rule out upper respiratory infections and anything else they may have picked up from their shelter stay.
If you find a feral or stray cat that you want to make your forever pet, it’s even MORE important to take them to the veterinarian. There are several illnesses you need to rule out before taking them home and it is highly likely they also have worms (very common in outdoor pets, and very treatable). You also don’t want to get any of your other pets sick, so a quarantine is often necessary for the first 24-48 hours.
You will also make necessary decisions on whether or not you will be spraying/neutering (highly recommend, for reproductive control and also behavior/temperament control), and declawing (I do NOT declaw my cats. Yes that means my furniture — and arms — occasionally get scratched, but I am vehemently against chopping off my cats toes. Cats have claws, I knew that going into adopting them).
Another thing you’ll find out is how much this little bundle of fur is going to cost. Cats (and any pet) cost money. Even a free cat off the side of the road isn’t going to be FREE. Vets aren’t cheap, but it is worth it if you plan on keeping this little guy for the rest of his life. Understand going into this adoption that vet bills are part of the equation to owning an animal.
Have I convinced you to book your cat’s yearly wellness exam yet? Make that call to the vet office and get your furry feline checked up on. Peace of mind and preventing illness are incredibly important in the life of your cat.
For the rest of August, Royal Canin will be donating up to $20,000 to Frankie’s Friends, an organization that provides grants to help with the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment. Just snap a photo of your fur baby and #cat2vetday on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’ll be posting mine today, so be sure to join me!
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It’s always stressful taking your kitty cat to the vet, but getting the confirmation that they are all healthy and good for another year is SO worth it. When you sign up for a pet, you sign up to take care of them to the best of your ability.
Let me know in the comments below if you plan on celebrating #cat2vetday this year, and tell me a fun fact about your cat!
Happy Thursday, FRANNNDS! We have made it past the halfway point now (holla), my kittens are getting along great (soon...