Even though similar statistics have been available before, it has become even more evident this year that cat owners dont take seriously the idea of regular veterinary visits.
Thanks to a consortium headed by the food company Royal Canin, a new survey was conducted in June 2016, and the results were not good: Cat owners were six times less likely to have taken their pets to the veterinarian this year as opposed to dog owners.
All right, I will admit that my view on counter jumping may be all wrong - but frankly, I dont like when my cats do it. In this months issue of Catnip, Tufts Dr. Nick Dodman discusses at length why the behavior is natural and normal - and one that probably should be accepted by cat owners (and certainly not punished).
Growing up, and as an adult, I've always lived with a cat or two. (Sometimes four.) Most were healthy and lived well into their teens. Unfortunately, a few had chronic illnesses that necessitated more frequent trips to the veterinarian. And to be honest, for many of those visits (especially of the emergency variety), I never stopped to think about the people working in the office — those who greeted us at the front desk, the ones working behind the scenes, or that nice young woman who gently handled my nervous pet at the beginning of each exam.
It seemed that the veterinarian was the star of the show, and not much was known (by me, at least) about the rest of the cast, capable and efficient as they were. I'm guessing that…