Even if you have a veterinarian that you love, your cat might not feel the same way, because getting to the vet’s office can be a very stressful event. Unlike most dogs, cats are not used to leaving the house, and they don’t tend to enjoy car rides. Therefore, the trip to the vet may be a hassle for you and your feline friend. Below you can see some strategies that might help reduce the stress of veterinary visits so that you are always able to get your cat the care he or she needs.
Practice checkups at home
Cats are generally not the touchy-feely types that dogs are, but they tend to be more comfortable in the hands of the veterinarian when they are used to being handled by their owners. To practice proper behavior during handling, try giving your cat quick head to tail checkups at home so that the vet will have an easier time when examining your cat.
Invest in a carrier
It is not safe to let cats roam around the car, so they should be kept in carriers on the ride to the vet’s office. When you find the right carrier for your cat, keep the carrier out and allow your cat to sleep or play inside it. If the crate is only used to get the cat to the vet, he will build up a negative association with the carrier and likely refuse to go inside.
Schedule visits early in the day
Spending time in the waiting room can be a big source of stress for your cat, so you might try to get one of the first appointments of the day when there will be a lower likelihood of longer wait times. If you are in the waiting room with barking dogs and other cats, leave your cat in the carrier and cover it with a blanket or towel from home to reduce potentially stressful stimuli.
With Horizon Animal Hospital on your side, your cat will always have exceptional care to stay well in any stage of life. To schedule an appointment in our Scottsdale office, call (480) 800-4559.
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