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Common Misconceptions About Cats

 In honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day coming up on August 22nd, let’s take a look at a couple common misconceptions that cat owners have about their felines.

What does purring really mean?

While most people associate a cat purring with them being happy and relaxed, sometimes the opposite is true: cats occasionally purr excessively to self-soothe due to being anxious, upset, or in pain. If you notice your cat is purring more frequently than normal, it might be time to get them checked by your vet.

Do cats need to go to the vet as often as dogs?

Studies have shown that dog owners take their dogs to the vet twice as often as cat owners take their cats. Cats still need annual vaccinations and a check-up! Also, cats are really good at hiding pain and discomfort, so it is best to let the professionals give your feline a check-up at least once a year to help prevent your cat from developing heath issues later in life.

What are some signs that my cat needs to go to the vet?

These are some subtle and not-so-subtle signs that your cat may need to see the vet:

  • Eating or drinking less than normal
  • Grooming themselves less frequently
  • Moving and playing less frequently
  • Urinating/defecating outside of the litter box

If your cat is showing any of these signs, it is time to call the vet! Regular veterinary care helps prolong your cat’s life–and we know you want to keep your furry friends around for as long as possible! 

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