Those of us who have both cats and dogs know that it's a lot easier to bring a dog to the vet than it is to bring a cat! Our dog LOVES to go on a car ride no matter where the ride might take him. Cats are a whole other story! When any of my cats get into the car, they let me know that they would prefer to be back home and howl a good portion of the drive. But, even though it may be a little more tricky to get cats to the vet, it's so important!!
Did you know that 50% of all cats don't see a vet on a regular basis? Actually, the ratio is only 1 cat for every 5 dogs that is seen by a vet, even though there are more than 10 million more pet cats than dogs in the U.S. That's quite a disparity! We know we love our cats just as much as we love our dogs, so we have to think of a way to get them the veterinary care that is so important for their everyday health and for their longevity.
To try to make a change, get more cats to the vet, and raise awareness about the importance of preventative health care for cats, Royal Canin® has created the “Curiosity Saved the Cat” campaign.
Before initiating the campaign, Royal Canin commissioned a study to find out more about how pet owners deal with the healthcare of their cats. The findings were interesting:
• Compared to dog owners, six times as many cat owners have not taken their cat to the vet this year and don’t plan to
• Two-thirds of cat owners simply believe cats have fewer health issues than dogs
• The older a cat gets, the more likely the owner is to take her to the vet only when she is sick. Thirtyone percent of those with a senior cat only take her to the vet when she is sick, compared to 20% for adult cats, 18% for adolescents and 17% for kittens
Taking into account these startling facts, Royal Canin created the “Curiosity Saved the Cat” campaign. Part of this initiative is support of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22nd. To try to change the current trend of not enough cats getting to see a vet on a regular basis, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day can be the start of a whole new trend.
Are you ready to be part of the change? Join in on August 22 for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Pledge to take your cat to the vet and a bowl of food will be donated to a shelter in need. You'll be doing a good thing for your own cat AND for a shelter cat!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Royal Canin®. The opinions and text are all mine.