HEAD: How to Have A Feline-Friendly Vet Visit
According to the American Humane Society our feline companions go to the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. The number one reason? Owners say their cat hates going to the vet and they dread the drama. The result is that cats only get vet care when they’re really sick—and often, that illness might have been avoided with preventive care.
There are some things you can do to make taking your cat to the vet easier on you and your pet. Some tips you might try:
- Take short practice car rides before the actual appointment, so they’re more familiar with the ride.
- Get your cat used to being handled and picked up with gentle head-to-tail holding, petting, and touching.
- Leave the carrier out and open at home for your cat to smell and investigate. Try putting a favorite blanket or bed inside.
- Use pheromone sprays such as Feliway inside the carrier and on bedding.
- Put a towel over the carrier before going inside the vet clinic.
- If possible, schedule your appointment for less busy times at the hospital
While it’s true that cats can be low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, they still need regular wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventive medications to stay healthy. So—how long has it been since your cat saw the vet? If it’s been over a year (or you can’t remember!) call us at 999-999-9999 today!