The number of active feline patients in the US (~ 20 million) has been growing slightly each year (2013-15). Overall 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. [Data derived from Practice Management System (PIMS) database which collects data from approximately 1000 veterinary clinics distributed across the continental United States.] Many Veterinarians will record in their Practice Management System that a feline patients is “active” if they come in at least once in the last 24 months. VetInformatics research has found that 28% of the 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 the 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.
TOf 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).
Frequency of Feline Clinic Visits
Their numbers were as follows:
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