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“Feline” Groovy:  Most Cats Don’t Even get an Annual Veterinary Visit.

The number of active feline patients in the US (were at that time on average less than 20 million unique cats treated in Primary Care Veterinary Practices in the Continental USA) but it had been growing slightly each year (2013-15).  Active patients are defined as those visiting once per year for our study but Vet Clinics usually define active over a 24 month period. Vetinformatic’s veterinary statistics indicate that these patients come to the clinic on average 2.65 times per year.  However, only 28% of these cats come to the clinic at least annually, while the remainder visits less frequently.

Vetinformatics Research used a rigorously qualified 750+ primary care small animal practice sample of  over 1 million cats per year to research canine and feline prevalence rates for all presenting veterinary maladies, disorders, disease, surgeries and other services performed for these veterinary prevalence statistics. All prevalence counts, demographic statistics, and market sizes were also triangulated to other veterinary databases of marketed products that tie to these disorders as a source for validation to ensure projections were reliable within +/- 5% level of accuracy. Triangulation was also made to the national veterinary medical case history study of over 500,000 medical records over the last 10 years. Vetinformatics projection factor was derived from a consistent 3 year visiting felines in a stratified group of around 600 subset of the 750+ sample of small animal practice clinics with invoices for 36 months (2013-2015), containing about 1,300 veterinarians (from a universe of around 55-56,000 small animal general practice veterinarians) and these clinics were distributed over 5 geographical regions in the continental US and appropriately weighted.

Interestingly, AVMA industry benchmarks confirm these findings, “Among cat owners, 44.9 percent did not take their cat or cats to a veterinarian during 2011, up from 36.3 percent in 2006.” This means that Pet Owners mostly take them once every two years for around 40 million cats over the two years. (https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/130201a.aspx)

VetInformatics statistical research found that 28% of cats come in annually, 34% come in every other year and 12% come in every three years, while 24% change over annually, either due to death or relocation. So out of 20.2 million cats in 2015, only 5.7 million come in every year, while nearly half come in every two or three years.  Some 4.8 million are newly treated cats.

Frequency of Feline Clinic Visits
(2013-2015)

Of the number of “active” feline patients, which we define as those that come at least once every year (as measured by finding at least one invoice/year).

2013 2014 2015
Active Felines 19,579,611 19,708,726 20,205,088
Growth 1% 3%

These active feline patients come to the clinic on average just over 2.5 times/year giving a national continental US number of 53 million projected daily patient treatments. (A treatment is defined as at least one clinic invoice in a day.)

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