Trips to the vet are essential to keep your fur baby happy and healthy. It is imperative that you bring your cat to the vet for immunizations, spay/neuter procedures, dental care, proper dieting, grooming, and regular checkups. Visiting the veterinarian routinely especially when your cat shows any signs of illness is crucial. However, for most pet parents, traveling to the vet is a daunting experience. From constant meowing to aggressive behavior cats often express their discomfort during the trip to the vet. If this seems challenging, don’t panic. Your veterinarian is there to assist you and your pet through the experience. Still, this can be a stressful experience for both you and your cat. If your cat is scared of the vet and fights you on getting into the carrier, read these expert tips to make your vet visit go much easier.
How do I make the visit to the vet less stressful for me and my cat? Well, the first thing you can do is make sure you are both prepared. It can be very difficult to convince your kitty to enter its pet carrier. In order to have your cat grow accustomed to a carrier, bring it out a few days ahead of time. Leave the door of the crate open so they can explore and come and go as they please.
- Support and Affection
Next, you should offer positive enforcement, so that your cat learns to associate good things with the carrier. Give your pet treats whenever they go in the carrier. This will reduce the fear of its new environment. Additionally, make sure that there is comfortable bedding or padding that allows your cat to feel comfortable in its new surroundings. When addressing your pet, use a quieter voice so you don’t further intimidate your pet.
- What to Expect
Upon arrival at the vet, you will be asked to check in at the reception desk. If there are other animals in the waiting room, distance yourself from them. The waiting room can be a scary place filled with barking dogs, hissing cats, and their anxious owners. Some vets provide separate waiting areas for dog and cat owners. Keep your cat in its carrier until you arrive at the exam room. During an initial visit, your vet will perform the routine physical exam. The vet will examine your pet’s ears, eyes, mouth, weight, and joint flexibility. Also, your vet may administer vaccinations as needed.
- Returning Home
Once you get home, your pet will most likely need time to rest. Give your pet space to recover and get back into the comfort of their own home. Once they have adjusted, offer plenty of love and affection (and treats too)!
- Why is it important?
No one likes to go to the doctor and cats are no exception. However, routine examinations are important because your veterinarian can pick-up the early signs of disease. Cats are especially good at hiding illness, so this makes routine check ups essential. Going to the vet is inevitably going to induce some stress and anxiety in your cat. Continue to offer plenty of love and positive reinforcement throughout the trip. By following these tips, visits to the veterinarian will hopefully be less stressful and cause your feline companion to live a long and healthy life!