Vets are encouraging cat owners to check that they are meeting their pets’ welfare needs as we reveal the most pressing welfare issues affecting cats, according to UK vets.
According to a recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey, one in four cats (24%) seen in practices are not having all of their welfare needs met. The most pressing health and welfare issues affecting cats in the UK are:
- behavioural problems/stress from living in a multi-cat household;
- dental issues;
- health issues linked to extreme conformation; and
- owners not accessing preventative veterinary care.
The figures, from the BVA Spring 2022 Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, have prompted BVA to ask that all cat owners mark International Cat Day today by checking that they are definitely meeting all of their cats’ needs.
BVA president Justine Shotton said: “Cats are among the nation’s favourite pets and we know that the vast majority of owners want to provide the best possible home for their much-loved felines. Cats have a reputation for being easy to care for and unfortunately, we know that that can sometimes lead to important welfare needs being overlooked.
“To mark International Cat Day 2022 we are asking all cat owners to consider whether they might be inadvertently missing something that is key to their cats’ health and wellbeing. If you think there may be an issue please seek advice from your vet, who can help you to ensure your pet is getting the best care possible to reduce stress and stay healthy.”