How popular are cats in our culture?
*Google reports that “cats” are searched more than 30 million times a month.
*”Keyboard Cat” has been viewed on You Tube more than 34 million times.
(The oldest cat video on You Tube is boxing cats from 1894: youtu.be/r6faUd2fV4U)
*”Funny cats” are searched on Google over 360,000 times a month.
*The Humane Society calculates that there are over 95 million cats living in American homes.
There is no doubt that cats are popular and beloved in America — yet cats visit the vet only half as often as dogs, including for routine care and wellness visits.
A recent study by Bayer revealed that, while 83% of cat owners brought their pet to the vet in its “kitten year,” the number dropped precipitously after that. Only 37% of respondents reported bringing their cat to the vet for a wellness checkup within the last year.
Some cat owners prefer to visit the vet only when their cat shows obvious signs of illness or injury. But it is important to remember that cats possess the survival trait of masking signs of weakness, until it is too sick to continue this behavior.
An annual check-up can help uncover clues to a larger problem.
For instance, has your kitty stopped eating her dry food because she’s picky — or has she developed painful dental disease?
Is your cat vomiting every day due to hairballs — or might he have an undiagnosed intestinal disorder?
Does your elderly cat have a new favorite place to sleep — or is arthritis pain keeping him from jumping up to his regular spot?
At home, do you regularly lift your cat’s tail to check for Tapeworm segments? Not everyone does, but the doctor checks this area during the cat’s exam. We’ve caught many a Tapeworm by suprise this way.
During check-ups, we’ve also found fleas with our trusty flea comb, discovered ingrown claws and uncovered hidden puncture wounds. Cats are masters of disguise, but your vet can help you root out their secrets.
Regarding Rabies — let’s look at the law:
ALL cats identified as having an owner must have a current Rabies vaccine, even if the cat never goes outdoors or has contact with animals that go outdoors
Norfolk requires that all cats over 4 months of age have a Rabies vaccine and pet license. Licensing requirements vary by city, so check with your city treasurer or click here.
Cats may have gotten a reputation as solitary, self-sufficient creatures — but they do need your help.
If your cat hasn’t had a wellness checkup in over a year, call us to schedule her appointment.
And if you need help getting a fiesty feline into a cat carrier, check out this video for tips on loading your kitty for a trip to the vet.
Today’s Feline Fast Facts are all about Super Cats:
- The loudest purr by a domestic cat is 67.7 decibels and was achieved by Smokey, owned by Lucinda Ruth Adams of Northampton, UK in 2011.
- Colonel Meow, a Himalayan-Persian cross who died earlier this year, held the world record for longest fur on a cat — 9 inches.
- In Talkeetna, Alaska, a cat named Stubbs has been the mayor since July 1997.
- A French female cat named Felicette became the first cat to fly on the fringes of space in 1963. She was launched in the nose cone of a Veronique AG1 rocket and parachuted back to earth, safe and sound.
- In 2009, a 3-year-old cat named Lucky fell 26 stories from a Manhattan apartment and survived the fall.
- The CIA’s Acoustic Kitty operation in the 1960s tried to use cats to obtain secret recordings at the Kremlin and Soviet embassies.
Even the average cat is super, compared to humans:
- Cats can see in light 8 times dimmer than what people need for vision.
- Domestic cats can jump up to five times their own height.
- A cat’s field of vision is 285 degrees, compared to 210 degrees in people.
- Collarbones in cats are free-flowing, enabling them to squeeze through small places.