Goodnewsforpets.com often highlights specific pet health issues. For the last several years we have focused on cats, and now we have an even better reason to continue that coverage. This month we’re highlighting an important and alarming trend for cats: the number of households owning cats has been increasing, while veterinary visits for cats are declining. This indicates that cats are not receiving adequate veterinary care.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has just released its 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, and it shows that in 2006, cats were twice as likely as dogs not to see a veterinarian.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Pfizer Animal Health have launched an initiative to champion the cat. The CATalyst Summit will be held immediately after the AAFP’s winter meeting February 5-6, 2008 and is expected to lead to a national initiative. The ultimate goal is to collaborate on an unprecedented campaign to elevate the status of the cat across North America. Many influential members of the feline world have been invited and will combine their resources and knowledge toward this goal. I will share updates and outcomes of this exciting meeting on Goodnewsforpets.com.
Lea-Ann Germinder, APR