National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day raises awareness about cats’ health, emphasizing the importance of cat nutrition, updated vaccinations, and microchipping.
For homes with multiple pets, both cats and dogs have holidays each year, including national pet month in May, National Mutt Day on December 2, and National Puppy Day on March 23. Veterinarians and their office staff will find this information very useful as they engage with pet owners.
Vets and Pet Owners Should Talk About:
1. When Is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day?
August 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day in the U.S. Although pet owners don’t have to take their cats for a vet visit that very day, the holiday reminds every cat lover to schedule an annual appointment for their cat’s health.
Other holidays remind pet owners to schedule regular care for optimum cat health, including National Cat Day on October 29 and Animal Pain Awareness Month each September.
2. Why Is Routine Vet Care for Cats Important?
Finding veterinary practitioners to perform preventive care for felines is essential to cat health and well-being. In 5 Benefits of Routine Vet Visits for Your Cat, the American Association of Feline Practitioners lists five compelling reasons for routine vet visits, including:
- Cats age faster than humans do
- Pet owners might overlook a cat’s hidden illness
- Vets can help prevent cat obesity with balanced nutrition
- Preventive care is best
- Dental care can help prevent feline periodontal disease
3. What to Expect from a Routine Vet Care Visit for Cats
As a cat parent, this is the time to communicate with the vet.
- Tell the vet if your cat is an indoor cat, outdoor cat, or has free access to the outdoors.
- Your veterinary care professional will check your pet’s health.
- If your cat needs additional care, be sure to schedule a follow-up veterinary visit.
Pets may not always appreciate National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, but cat owners can delight in the fact that they may enjoy a longer life with their furry companions as they get regular health checks.
4. Do Cats Get Mad at Pet Owners for Taking Them to the Vet?
A cat might suffer some anxiety with a change in routine for a veterinary appointment. As a pet owner, you should strive to make your pet as comfortable as possible, including putting your cat in a carrier, driving safely to the appointment, and soothing your cat while waiting to see the veterinarian.
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How Vets Make Appointments Easy for Pet Owners
Veterinary service professionals can help every cat lover make and keep appointments for their pets. However, that process is easier with automation.
A digital phone management and patient contact system can help vet offices send reminders to clients, notify them about special pet holidays, and schedule appointments with a few taps through texts.
1. Send Pet Appointment Reminders
Even though dogs and cats need regular care and vaccinations, busy pet parents can forget. With an automatic appointment reminder service, veterinary offices can help owners ensure that their cat never misses an appointment.
2. Engage in Two-Way Texting with Pet Owners
Two-way texting between a veterinary practice and pet parents can contribute to healthier pets.
Using the Weave client texting service, a veterinary practice team can respond to a pet parent client immediately with Missed Call Text. An automated text response system keeps the conversation going, even when the front office staff can’t reach the phone.
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Other Ways for Pet Owners to Celebrate Their Cats
A host of pet holidays encourage pet owners to enjoy the company of their feline friend. Mark your calendar for each of these days:
- April 11: National Pet Day
- First Week of May: International Be Kind to Animals Week
- June: National Adopt a Cat Month
- August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
- Second Sunday in September: National Pet Memorial Day
- September: Happy Cat Month
- October 4: World Animal Day
- October 29: National Cat Day
- December 15: National Cat Herder’s Day
Remember these other pet holidays for your dogs or to raise awareness for other pet health issues:
- April 11: National Pets Day
- First Week of May: National Pet Week
- May 23: National Puppy Day
- May: National Pet Month
- June: National Foster a Pet Month
- September: Animal Pain Awareness Month
- September 28: World Rabies Day
- October 16: National Feral Cat Day
- Third Week of October: National Veterinary Technician Week
- November: National Senior Pet Month
- December 2: National Mutt Day
Take Your Cat on Holiday with You
Planning to take a cat on vacation requires some additional planning, including:
- Finding appropriate accommodations for your indoor cat
- Ensuring that the outdoors is safe to explore using a leash and harness
- Bringing a spill-proof water bowl and additional water bottles
- Packing appropriate litter cleaning supplies and a travel carrier
Is It Cruel to Take Your Cat on Holiday or Traveling?
While some cats adapt well to traveling, many cats prefer the environment and routines of home to the constant changes of traveling. If your cat is prone to anxiety when you move a couch in the living room, it may not enjoy a vacation. You may want to get help from a trusted pet sitter.
A Note for Veterinarian Practices
If you’re a veterinarian who wants to keep your clients’ pets scheduled for regular appointments, make sure your pet parents know about holidays like National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. With Weave’s digital phone management system, you can offer pet owners two-way texting, missed call texts, and automatic appointment reminders.
Watch a demo or call us today at 866-308-2039 to see how Weave can help your veterinary practice stay in contact with pet owners.