Over the last few months, health has been a topic on all of our minds. We’ve monitored every single sniffle and sneeze and focused on mental wellness, and we can rarely watch the news for more than five minutes without watching a story on the latest development in the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Royal Canin. All opinions are 100% mine.
We’ve been so busy focusing on our own health, it’s easy to forget about the health of another important member of the family – our pets. In my case, it’s our cat, Cross.
Cross, our cat, is a cherished member of our family, which is why I’m excited to partner with Royal Canin in support of their annual Take Your Cat To The Vet campaign. Did you know that August is National Take Your Cat To The Vet month?
While we’re usually pretty good about staying on top of our own preventative care visits and check-ups, many of us aren’t so diligent when it comes to caring for our cat health. A recent survey showed 6 in 10 cat owners only take their cat to the vet when they notice something is wrong, versus taking them for check-ups.
Not to mention, there are many misconceptions about the type of care cats need and how often they need it. The same survey showed twenty-three percent of participants believed cats don’t need to be taken to the vet as often as dogs, while 24% don’t believe indoor cats need to be vaccinated. Both points are untrue – cats, like dogs, need regular check-ups, and indoor cats still need their vaccines!
Many people are hesitant to plan a trip to the vet during a pandemic, which is understandable. After all, people have been asked to postpone preventative care. For now, the best thing you can do is watch your cat closely for signs they are unwell, which include:
- Changes in appetite or water intake
- Coughing or sneezing
- Acting lethargic or not like herself
- Changes in stool quality – either softer or harder than usual
- More or less urine in the litter box
And if you do notice something that warrants a visit with a vet, there are ways to get the vet care you need. Many vets are still open and offering curbside service. Instead of joining your pet inside, you’ll discuss the findings of the examination and any treatments your cat needs over the phone. Alternately, you can look into mobile veterinary services, emergency clinics, and virtual appointments, depending on your needs.
The best thing you can do to support your cat’s health is to be curious and keep learning! Royal Canin has come up with a couple of great resources to help you do exactly that:
- Watch their new web series, Catology Presents Kitten Lady and Friends, to learn about topics important to cat owners, including health, nutrition, and behavior.
- Schedule a complimentary chat with a veterinarian 24/7, brought to you by Royal Canin and Ask.Vet, and ask all of the questions you’ve ever had about your cat’s health and wellbeing.
As part of their Take Your Cat To The Vet Campaign, Royal Canin is also offering a couple of incentives for purchasing Royal Canin cat food:
- You can also earn a free vet visit from Banfield simply by purchasing Royal Canin cat food from PetSmart.
- Prefer to give back? Your Royal Canin cat food purchase from Chewy.com supports veterinary care for shelter cats through GreaterGood.org.
And finally, who doesn’t love a good contest? Enter to win the #Cat2Vet sweepstakes and you could receive a prize pack to help you get ready for your cat’s next vet visit. Every entry will also receive a free sample of Royal Canin Hematuria Detection by Blücare.
Make your cat’s wellness a priority and schedule a check-up today! And don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes now!