It’s Take Your Cat to the Vet Week

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:30am

Fellow kitty parents, we made a promise. We took an oath. We vowed to love, cuddle and care for our feline friends in times of sickness and health. But with veterinary costs on the rise, how do we keep doing what’s best for them without breaking the bank? One word: prevention. In honor of Take Your Cat to the Vet Week, the following tips will help you save on vet care—and help them live longer, healthier lives.

Don’t skip yearly exams. This is a big no-no. Remember the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it applies to our pets, too. It’s much more expensive—and risky—to treat an illness than to protect against it.

Vaccinate! Hard times are not an excuse to skip your cat’s annual shots, but it does make sense to talk to your vet about creating a vaccine protocol specific to their needs. Some vaccines are optional, while others are essential in preventing serious diseases.

You are what you eat. A good quality cat food—formulated under the guidelines of the American Association of Feed Control Officials—is often more cost effective than a cheap or homemade diet. Also, avoid overfeeding your feline, which can lead to obesity.

Spaying or neutering can save lots of money. This simple action prevents serious health problems including uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer. Visit our online database to find a low-cost program in your area. If you live in New York City, check out our mobile clinic.

For other measures you can take to help cut down on vet costs, check out our Saving Money on Vet Care section.