In the United States, cats are more popular than dogs yet they receive less than half the veterinary care provided to their canine counterparts.
This deficiency is likely driven by many factors, including:
- The myth of feline self-sufficiency
- Mixed signals from the veterinary profession regarding feline health and welfare
- The remarkable ability of cats to mask signs of illness
- The perceived value of cats in our society
- Even something as fundamental as the difficulty in getting Fluffy into the carrier
Another reason for lack of veterinary care could be that owners of indoor cats assume because their kitties never leave the house, they aren’t exposed to potential health hazards the way dogs are.
There’s some truth to that theory, but even pampered indoor cats need regular wellness exams to help them stay healthy.