4 Tips for Bringing Your Cat to the Vet
Published 9/22/16 by Maryland Avenue Pet Hospital
We've all been there, that dreaded day when it's time to bring the cat to the vet. Once you get the carrier out and you can manage to find the cat, you try to win the battle of getting the cat into the carrier. If you've made it this far you aren't done yet! Put in your ear plugs unless you enjoy the high pitched singing of your feline friend! Does it have to be this way? No!
Studies show that two-thirds of cats are going to the vet less than once a year. Making sure your feline friend gets an annual exam is important. Use these tips to ease the experience for both you and you kitty of going to the vet.
1. Get Hands On:
One of the best things you can do is give your cat at home check-ups. Feeling your kitty from head to toe will help them to be accustomed to to being handled and can help lower the stress of an exam at the vet. By doing at home check ups you are also more likely to notice any issues with your kitty such as lumps, bumps, or cuts.
2. Keep that carrier out:
By keeping the cat carrier out at all times your cat will no longer associate the sight of the carrier with a visit to the vet. Consider getting a nice comfy blanket for the carrier and letting it be used as a napping spot.
3. Practice Drive:
For many cats it's the journey to the vet that stresses them out, not the actual vet visit. Cats like things to be routine and predictable and the car is not a part of your cat's routine. Try taking short drives around the block with your cat to get them used to being in the car. Cats tend to associate the car with going to the vet since this is the only time they are in it. By doing practice drives your cat may start to relax or at least get used to the car and not associate it with going to the vet.
4. Take the Stress out of Waiting:
The waiting room can be a scary place for a cat. Cats are solitary and predatory creatures, this is why it is best to keep your cat in it's carrier while in the waiting room. The sounds of other animals can make your cat anxious and they could scratch you while you are holding them. Make sure that the carrier is a good size for your cat, you want it to be big enough for them to stand up and be able to turn around. Consider having a hard carrier with a top loading feature. This can make it easier to get your cat out of the carrier in the exam room.