We understand that the vet clinic can be a scary experience for cats. That’s why we put together a list of tips to help make your cat’s visit less stressful.
- Pet your cat from head to tail (like your veterinarian does) so your cat will get used to being held and touched. This includes touching your pet’s mouth and ears.
- Take the carrier out a few weeks before the appointment. Let your cat get used to the carrier by placing blankets, toys, and treats inside. You can also feed your cat inside the carrier.
- Take your cat for short car rides in his/her carrier. Start out by driving around the block and then work up to ten minute rides. Reward your cat’s good behavior.
At the Veterinary Clinic:
- Find a cat-friendly veterinary clinic. Most veterinary clinics have separate entrances for cats and dogs or you can take your cat to a practice that only sees cats. If your clinic does not offer separate entrances, you can ask to be seated in an exam room right away.
- Spray a towel or blanket with a pheromone spray to help ease your cat’s stress. Place the towel or blanket over the carrier.
- Bring familiar objects such as toys, blankets, or articles of clothing to make your cat feel at home. You can also spray these objects with pheromone spray.
- Bring treats and reward your cat’s good behavior throughout the visit. Have your veterinarian offer a few treats as well.
Watch this video for more information on each of these tips: