Statistics show that there are 82 million pet cats in the United States, compared to 72 million dogs, making cats the most popular pet! Yet studies also show the number of feline veterinary visits is declining steadily each year. It is a common myth that cats are naturally healthier, health issues in cats are predominately in outdoor cats and cats will display visible signs of illness like dogs do.
However, this is not true! Cats often hide their illness until they are in need of emergency care. Cats are just as susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heartworm disease, arthritis, urinary problems, dental/gum disease, thyroid disease, intestinal parasites, and more. It is important to bring your cat annually or sometimes biannually, for routine exams and vaccines!