Getting Your Cat Back on Track
Now is the Purr-fect time to get your cat back on track!
Veterinary care is crucial to ensuring our cats live longer, more comfortable lives. We all know cats are masters at hiding illness. That is why our veterinarians are trained to spot the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate a serious health concern. We understand that a veterinary visit can be stressful not just for cats, but for cat owners as well. Many cat owners are all too familiar with the “the chase” that ensues as soon as their cat sees the carrier. Here are a few tips designed to help make veterinary visits easier for you and your cat:
- Turn your cat’s carrier into a home away from home by leaving it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time.
- Place familiar soft bedding inside the carrier. Bedding or clothing with your scent can make them feel more secure.
- Place treats, catnip or toys inside the carrier to encourage the cat to enter at home.
- The best carriers are inexpensive hard-sided carriers that open from the top and the front and can also be taken apart in the middle. An easily removable top allows a cat which is fearful, anxious or in pain to stay in the bottom half of the carrier for exams.
Travelling in a car can be very stressful for cats. If your cat experiences a high level of anxiety when he or she travels, ask us about our Happy Cat Travel Kits. In it we provide you with a synthetic feline pheromone wipe (Feliway®) and a dose of Gabapentin, which can have calming effects, to help with the trip.
While you are here, we will ensure that you cat is exposed to as few stress inducing elements as possible. Our staff, fully trained in fear free techniques, will use a wide array of treats during your cats visit to help make the vet visit a positive experience. We also use the synthetic feline pheromone (Feliway®) in our feline only exam rooms to help reduce the visiting cat’s stress.
When you return home try and leave the returning cat in the carrier for a few minutes to see how all your cats react. When all cats appear calm and peaceful, then you may let the returning cat out of the carrier. Returning cats can bring unfamiliar smells after leaving the veterinary clinic, the use of the synthetic feline pheromone (Feliway®) at home can help with this sense of unfamiliarity.
For more information visit: catfriendly.com/cat-care-at-home or call us at 301-733-7579.