Making visits to the vet easier for cats
Lots of cats don’t like going to the vet. We hear clients all the time say, “I’ve wanted to bring my cat in for a few months now, but it’s just so difficult and stressful!” We’re cat owners too and we understand how hard it can be, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you so that we don’t end up seeing health issues that could have been prevented if we had treated sooner. Here are some tips on how to make a trip to the vet easier for your cat:
Build good habits at an early age. Imagine spending your entire life in one small environment and then suddenly finding yourself somewhere totally different. That’s how it can feel for some older cats, so expose him or her to new people and places as a kitten. Buy a cat harness and make exploring new environments fun and exciting.
Get your cat comfortable with the carrier. Leave it open in a place where it is always accessible and fill it with bedding and toys. Put your cat’s food in the carrier or give treats in it. You can even shut the door from time to time and pick it up and walk around. These things will prevent any negative associations with the carrier.
Take your cat for a car ride. From time to time, put your kitty in the carrier and bring him or her along on your trip to the grocery store. This will teach that a ride in the car doesn’t always mean getting poked at the vet.
Take “practice” trips to the vet. If you bring another pet in for a checkup or even just come to buy food, bring your cat too so that they can get comfortable with our office without being examined or vaccinated.
Get your cat used to being “examined”. Every once in a while open your cat’s mouth and look at his or her teeth. Play with the hind legs, put him on his back, gently scruff him, and do similar things to get used to being examined.
Let us know how we can help. We’ll always help in whatever way we can. If trips to our hospital are particularly stressful for your cat, give us a call before your next visit. We can schedule you for a time when our lobby will be quiet, or we can even come out to your car and bring your kitty in through the back entrance where there will be no other pets.
For more information, check out this great article: Cat wellness care or why cats are not little dogs
Try out these tips the next time your kitty needs to come in for a yearly exam, vaccinations, or a fecal test. Thanks for reading and as always let us know how we can better serve you!
The staff at Newport Veterinary Hospital