Monday August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day (#Cat2VetDay) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is using the entire month of August to focus on educating cat caregivers on the importance of routine check-ups.  Eighty-three percent of cats are taken to the vet in the first year of ownership, yet over half of them don't return!  A scary statistic especially given the fact that routine check-ups allow your veterinarian to detect conditions that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant so they can be managed or cured before they become painful or more costly. Many cats and their caregivers hate going to the vet, but there are a variety of things you can do to reduce the stress associated with the visit for both you and your cat. Check out for more info!