For the Felines
I love cats because I enjoy my home;
and little by little,
they become its visible soul
- Jean Cocteau
We think cats are pretty special even if they don’t get as much “internet attention” for rehabilitation services like dogs (or even horses) do.
Interestingly, there are 70-80 million dogs in US family homes and 74-96 million cats. And the number of US households with dogs versus cats is nearly the same.
Cats are prone to many of the same issues that dogs are: CCL tears, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue strains and sprains, arthritis…etc.
Their skeletal systems are very similar but as we know, their activities, not to mention their character and disposition, is very different.
Among other differences, cats can’t (or won’t) follow exercise directions and don’t walk on a leash for the most part. That makes rehab a little more challenging.
They still should be afforded proper care and management of issues to live long and pain-free lives.
In fact, researchers have found that increased human interaction results in healthier cats!
"To err is human, to purr, feline"
~ Robert Byrne
Did you know that cats are considered "senior"
or mature (and most dog breeds too)
at just seven (7) years of age?!
And we know that cats live a lot longer
than that and may even triple
that number (21 years of age)!