Bringing your cat to the vet can be stressful for both you and your feline friend. We can empathize with these challenges and our goal is to make their visit to the vet as stress-free as possible.
When we have cats come to see us, we try our best to do the following:
- Use our cat friendly room-it has no windows, so they can’t see other pets that may make them territorial; we try our best to keep our dog appointments in other rooms so there are no dog scents
- We use Feliway spray in the cat room which is an anxiety-relieving pheromone
- Our waiting room has elevated places where cat can rest without seeing dogs in the waiting room (chairs, counters).
- We do our best to get cats into the exam room and out of reception area as quickly as we can.
Other helpful hints for your visit:
- You can place the cat carrier onto the seat beside you and have the opening facing you and away from other dogs.
- Bring a blanket from home that smells familiar and place it over the carrier.
- Try to purchase a top-opening carrier so there is no struggle getting the cat out of the carrier during the exam. Sometimes the cat can even stay in the bottom half of the carrier comfortably so the vet can do their physical exam and give the vaccines while they are in the carrier.
- Leave the carrier in the living room the weeks leading up to your appointment in a spot where they like to lay to get them used to it and not always associate the carrier with a vet visit. Half the struggle is getting them into the carrier and into the clinic.
- You can come into the clinic and purchase Feliway before your visit and spray the car and carrier with it.
“But my cat is healthy, why would I got to the vet?”
Cats have evolved to hide their illnesses which is why it is so important to come in for annual check-ups. Heart disease, dental disease, hyperthyroid, arthritis, diabetes and kidney disease are some examples of common conditions that can be hard to detect in cats.
Indoor cat risks:
- they can get bored and destructive
- Obesity and overeating.
There are lots of things you can do at home to enrich your indoor cat’s lifestyle. Interactive play helps keep the cat active while also strengthening the relationship between the cat and their owner.
Outdoor cat risks:
- Hit by car
- Trauma (falling out of trees or fighting)
- Infectious disease and parasites.
It is important to vaccinate both indoor and outdoor pets. We can never predict when an indoor-only cat can escape or an unexpected visitor can come in. Bats are one of the most significant rabies reservoirs and you would be surprised at how easy it is for them to enter into your home. Having your pet vaccinated for Rabies is required by law. Now matter how sweet the cat, they have wild instincts and could bite a human or animal when scared or threatened. If there were a bite from an unvaccinated cat, this could be very concerning for both your pet and the victim.
Cats are amazing, loving, and friendly creatures but they can have wild instincts and get stressed easily. We empathize with the struggle to keep up with feline veterinary care and we are here to help. Click below for more information on cat traveling techniques.
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