Meow! It’s Adopt – A – Cat Month!

Photo: Missy Miller

Photo: Missy Miller

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, and the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations, is concerned that the cat population is increasing while veterinary visits for cats are decreasing.

Even though there are 10 million more cats owned in the United States than dogs, cats are less than half as likely to be seen by a veterinarian and receive healthcare.

While immunizations are important, especially when cats are younger, it is equally important to take cats for veterinary exams to detect early signs of disease. Due to their solitary nature, cats often mask disease very well, and do not show their guardians any signs of illness until the disease process is very advanced.

Taking your cat to see its veterinarian doesn’t have to be stressful for either you or your cat, and finding a practice that is committed to making your cat’s visit as pleasant as possible is something you can accomplish with a few phone calls to practices in your area. In addition, the American Association of Feline Practitioners has recently created a Cat Friendly Practice designation for veterinary practices. To see if a veterinary clinic near you has received this designation, visit

If you are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles for cats in our area, check out the list of pet resources on Braxton’s website and adopt a cat, foster a cat, or volunteer at a shelter.

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