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Dear Christopher Cat

My cats have been to the emergency veterinarian only three times, but each visit occurred during a full moon. Is my experience mere coincidence, or is there a correlation?

Christopher Responds

Most animal hospital staff members suspect they see an increase in emergencies during full moons.

Now, a study at Colorado State proves they’re right.

Researchers reviewed records of nearly 12,000 cat and dog emergency visits to their veterinary hospital over an 11-year period.

They found that when the moon was full or nearly full (waxing gibbous through waning gibbous), 23 percent more cats and 28 percent more dogs visited the emergency service.

They came for the usual reasons, with no particular types of emergencies occurring in greater numbers during fuller moons.

For example, aggression-related injuries occurred with the same frequency regardless of the phase of the moon.

So it’s not lunacy that veterinary staff think they treat more emergencies during fuller moons – or that your cats’ emergencies occurred when they did.

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