Purrrr @GeorgeTheDuck made dis pawsum shirt for me!
My dear furend @Petiethecat did get sick again, but da v-e-t pulled him through. Petie has diabetes and his kidneys is failing. There are great treatments for it now that can extend kittehs lives and keep us comfortable and happy. Lots of anipals are sitting on #PetiesPorch sending #HealingPaw.
Purrr... da @sisfurcats are mature pfbbt! and gets an extra level of vet care. Mature means over 10 years. Dey gets a senior workup every year which includes blood work in hopes of discovering subclinical health problems, like Chilipepper's hyperthyroidism. In dis part of da world it costs about $250. Chilipepper will be "geriatric" like my furend Petie next year so she will get extra vet visits.
Rather than continue to expound on veterinary care I'd like to share an article on the American Animal Hospital Association web page.
AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines
In 2006, owners took their dogs to veterinarians more than twice as often as cats, averaging 2.3 times/year, compared with 1.1 times/year for cats, and significantly more dogs (58%) than cats (28%) were seen by a veterinarian one or more times/year. Cat owners often express a belief that cats 'do not need medical care'. Two reasons for this misconception are that signs of illness are often difficult to detect, and cats are perceived to be self-sufficient.