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People want their pets to be healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to really know if they are sick, especially with cats. Healthy Cats for Life campaign educates cat owners about how to tell if their feline friends are hiding something serious.

Even though there are more than 90 million cats owned in America, outnumbering dogs by 20 percent, cats visit the veterinarian half as often. James R. Richards, DVM, says when dogs become sick, owners may realize it, but when it’s a cat, it’s not always so easy to see. “Cats are designed by nature to hide their illnesses. But you can watch for changes in normal routine or behavior,” he adds.

According to a new report by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, behavioral changes may be a subtle sign of sickness. Normally, a cat sleeps 16 to 18 hours a day, uses the litter box when needed, drinks water and eats food regularly.

Owners should be aware of changes in sleep patterns, activity level or even lack of playfulness. Eating less or more than usual or unexplained weight changes should also be noted by cat owners.

The best way to keep all your pets healthy is to help them from getting sick in the first place. An important way to do this is by taking your cat to the veterinarian every six months for a wellness exam. Help protect your cat’s health and make twice yearly check-ups a healthy habit.


James Richards, DVM
Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Past President, American Association of Feline Practitioners

For more information and/or to schedule an interview with Dr. James Richards, please contact
Lea-Ann Germinder, APR
Cell 816-213-8238


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