Attention cat owners: Dog owners do this better

02/25/2013 | PetMD.com

According to the AVMA's U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, 90% of dog owners recognize the vital importance of regular, preventive care for pets, while only 75% of cat owners responded the same way. Combine that with the approximately 20 million cats who only get veterinary care if they are ill, and it's a prescription for disease and poor quality of life for millions of cats, writes veterinarian Lorie Huston. Dr. Huston points out that routine veterinary care can help identify disease early in cats, who often hide their symptoms, and such proactive care actually costs less in the long run because it saves on emergency and critical care costs.

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