SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Dr. Jennifer Scarlett confirms the rumors are true; cat guardians aren’t as good as other pet owners when it comes to getting their little loved ones in for regular visits with the veterinarian.

While cats are the most popular pet in America, Dr. Scarlett said they are less likely to make it in to the vet for preventative measures.

“It makes sense if you’ve ever tried to put your cat in a carrier to go to the vet’s office; it’s really stressful,” she said.

But it is important nonetheless. For every calendar year adult cats are aging four years physiologically compared to humans.

“You want to choose a vet’s office that has a quiet place away from dogs in the lobby or to be put in the exam room. The worst thing for a cat is to go to the office and have a super-friendly dog put his face right up in the carrier.”

Other ways to minimize stress is to have the carrier out in the living room all the time so your cat becomes accustomed and comfortable with it.

After your cat is spayed or neutered, you need to stay on top of your pets’ exercise habits and diet. We know that a lot of cats suffer from obesity.

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