According to the latest research, almost 50% of cat owners never take their cats to the vet under the mistaken belief that cats don’t get as sick as dogs. Another reason for not taking a cat to the vet is because cats are much harder to take to the vet, which means more trauma and hassle for both the cat and the owner.

Yet cats age more rapidly than humans, and are quite adept at hiding sickness and pain, making it difficult to know if there is something wrong that requires veterinary attention. Up to one-third of cats over the age of 12 have some form of kidney disease.

To take your cat to the vet for a checkup. After all, if you have a cat, you’ll want to keep that cat around for as long as possible and that involves giving it better health care than you get.

To read more about why you should take your cat to the vet, click here.