Cats do not have 9 lives

Did you know that 50% of cat owners do not take their cat to the vet?

Cats naturally mask their illnesses, but despite appearances, cats need to see their vet as frequently as dogs. That’s why Royal Canin is partnering with our industry experts and veterinary clinics to drive awareness of Take Your Cat to the Vet, and the importance of preventive veterinary care.

 

Let’s work together and raise awareness for #Cat2Vet and together help make a better world for cats.

 

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Have you seen the signs?

As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than a cure’and cats are experts at hiding illness. It’s important to take your cat to the vet regularly so that your cat’s health is maintained more easily. Sometimes, subtle changes to your cat’s behaviour are a sign they need to go to the vet. Here are 8 signs that it may be time to see a veterinarian:

  1. - Your cat's appetite has changed (increased begging or leaving food behind).
  2. - Your cat is sleeping more than usual.
  3. - Your cat is drinking more.
  4. - Your cat has stopped jumping onto elevated spaces.
  5. - Your cat is using the litter more frequently, or started   toileting elsewhere.
  6. - Your cat is vomiting or has changes in stool consistency.
  7. - Your cat is scratching or itching more.
  8. - Your cat is suffering from hairballs.

It’s important to let your vet know about even subtle changes to what is normal for your cat.

Healthy tips
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Itching or scratching?

Itching, scratching and biting are the first signs that something may be going on beneath your cat’s skin. There are many causes of skin problems in cats such as food allergies, parasites and infections, endocrine issues or environmental allergies. In cases of skin-related problems such as sores, rashes, and hair loss, it is crucial to consult your veterinarian so that they can establish the underlying cause.

Skin conditions

Carrying too much weight?

With 1 in every 2 cats overweight, it can be hard to tell what is healthy. Your veterinarian is your cat’s best ally to ensure they are a healthy weight. Your vet can help advise you on appropriate weight targets, nutritional weight loss plans and alternatives to food-based interactions. It’s important to speak to your vet before making any changes to your cat’s diet or lifestyle.

Weight tips

Litter Jitters?

If your cat’s litter box behaviour has changed, make sure you contact your veterinarian. Cats are particularly susceptible to urinary issues, which can quickly escalate from minor to life threatening. Your cat’s vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Ensuring your cat always has access to fresh, cleaning drinking water will help keep their urinary system healthy.

Urinary tips

10 tips to bring your cat to the vet

Because cats are experts at hiding illness, it’s very important they see a veterinarian regularly. However, it is common for a veterinary visit to be a stressful experience. Small changes can make a massive difference to reduce this stress.  Here are our top 10 tips to bring your cat to the vet.

Your kitten first appointment

Have you welcomed a kitten in your family and wondering what to do for your first vet visit? Your new kitten should see a vet as soon as possible so their overall health can be checked & they can become accustomed to vet visits. Separate to milestone appointments, it’s a good idea to have a veterinary consult within 24 to 72 hours after adopting your new kitten.


Kitten guide
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Speak with your local vet

It’s always better to speak to your local vet if you have any concerns or questions. They can confirm whether your cat is healthy, overweight or whether you need to change their diet.


Find a vet
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Nutrition for life

A cat’s nutritional needs change throughout its life. A cat’s life stage or age is one of the most important considerations when choosing your cat’s food. Certain stages in your cats life, such as growth when they are a kitten, call for more specific amounts of key nutrients for optimum health.

Royal Canin provides tailored nutritional solutions for your cat at every stage of their life, from when they are a kitten, through to their senior years. Discover how life stage can have an impact on their nutritional requirements.

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Join our Cat Chat LIVE

On the 13th July we will be hosting our very first ‘Cat Chat’ live Facebook event and you are invited to join. You will hear from industry experts:

 

Dr. Mina Hamilton, Royal Canin Veterinarian
Dr. Jacqui Ley, Veterinarian and Cat Behaviour Specialist
Dr. Kate Bruce, General Practitioner Veterinarian
 

Topics of discussion include general cat health and wellbeing, cat behaviour, how and when to bring your cat to the vet and top cat myths will be busted.

 

Register now
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