The Morning Blend


Tips for an easy vet visit with your cat

Posted at 1:03 PM, Aug 22, 2019

August 22 is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day and while there are 36 million households that own a cat in the United States, only half of all cats regularly receive veterinary care. Compared to dogs, where nearly 80% receive annual care, there is a major gap for regular veterinary checkups and many cats are not getting the care they need.

Taking a cat to the vet can be a stressful experience which requires more preparation at home and veterinarians are starting to do more to make the visit as stress-free as possible.

Dr. Natalie Marks will tell your viewers why an annual exam is so important to a cat’s overall health and explain how good cats are at hiding illness. She will also share tips on how to make bringing your cat to the vet easier (including how to create a positive at-home environment) and how to nominate a local clinic to win a cat-enhanced makeover.

About Dr. Natalie Marks:
Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Master’s in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Certified Veterinary Journalist in 2018 and is a Fear Free Elite Certified Professional. She has been a veterinarian at Blum Animal Hospital since 2006, co-owner until 2018 and current Medical Director. Dr. Marks is very active and passionate about educating in all aspects of media. She has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, and many local, stations around the country. She has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, and many local, stations around the country.

Contest info:
Beginning August 22, consumers have the chance to win a free year’s supply of Royal Canin cat food. Consumers must share a photo of their cat, preferably at their annual visit, on Royal Canin’s Facebook page and use the #Cat2Vet hashtag. Consumers can also tag their local vet clinic and that veterinarian office will have the chance to receive a cat-centric makeover from Royal Canin. More information about the social media giveaway can be found on