Turn Your Cat's Visits to the Vet Into a Comfortable Experience
Noooo!!!! Not the vet again.
It seems like every cat
can sense when a vet visit (or anything out of the ordinary really) is coming. As you try to get everything in place to make the visit happen, your cat starts to get crazy: he runs, he hides, he claws, and he bites. When you're trying to reel him in, don't be surprised if you notice a couple of scratches on your arm. It's no wonder that over 50% of cat owners don't take their cat to the vet
However, not bringing your cat to the vet is not a good idea; it will only harm your kitty. The key is to know a couple of techniques that will reduce the panic attached to going to the vet.
The Carrier Should be a Comfortable Place
When your cat sees you pulling out the pet carrier, he already knows what's in store for the future, so he runs and hides. To prevent this reaction, it's always a good idea to bring your carrier out when it isn't vet time. Incorporating it into everyday life as a place for kitty to nap and hang out will go a long way in making your cat comfortable with the carrier and your trips to the vet easier.
Getting Used to the Car
Not all cats are as comfortable in a car as SNL's Toonces the Driving Cat.
If you're on the way to the vet, you'll probably have to take a little car ride. Unfortunately, nearly all cats have a natural dislike for cars. A lot of times they'll cry and scream to let you know they are unhappy. That's because they want a place that is predictable and familiar, and cars are not always so comforting. However, there are a few things that cat owners can do to get their cat acclimated to the car, including:
- Use the Cat Carrier- As we talked about before, a cat that is comfortable with his carrier will already be a little more comfortable in the car. If in everyday life he views the carrier as a place to be comfortable and get away, then being in the carrier while in the car won't be such a big deal.
- Make Drives a Regular Thing- If your cat only rides in a car to go see the vet, he will naturally grow to dislike the car. So, it is always a good idea to take your cat on car rides every so often, so he doesn't see the car as such a bad thing.
A good, comfortable pet carrier will go a long way in making sure your cat is at peace.
Overnight Visits Are the Toughest
Sometimes, cats have to go through procedures that will keep them overnight at the vet's office. This can be very scary for your cat, and it's very important that you make your cat feel as comfortable as possible. That is why making the carrier a part of everyday life is so important. Also for these overnight visits, it's always a good idea to place your cat's favorite toys inside of the carrier with him to put him at ease. Personally, I always put one of my shirts in the carrier, so the cat can curl up in it and smell me anytime to put him at ease.
If you take the proper steps, pretty soon your trips to the vet will take on a relaxed energy.
By: Tim Snyder