Tips for your cat’s trip to the vet
In-between the lazy Sunday naps, chasing toys, and purring when you find that spot just behind their ears is something that no cat owner likes to think about… Taking your cat to the vets.
Even if they seem in tip-top shape, regular check-ups are always recommended, and just the thought of taking your cat to the vet is enough to keep you up at night.
We completely understand, so here are some quick tips from Clent Hills Vets in Worcestershire, for making your cat’s trip to the vet as calm and collected as possible…
Tips for transportation…
This is likely the bit that you’re most nervous about, but follow these tips and reduce the stress of the journey for everyone involved:
- Choose the right carrier. It should be made of something sturdy, like hard plastic, shouldn’t be too small or too big, and will ideally have clips that allow you to take the top off.
- Make the carrier less scary. Line the carrier with their favourite blanket so that it’s comfortable and smells familiar. Plus, present the carrier a few days before your trip so that it becomes part of playtime or their daily naps. It all helps make it feel less strange.
- Do a practice journey. It can be useful to take your cat on smaller journeys in the car, even just for a few minutes, so that they’re more used to travelling.
- Handle your cat often. This is one that comes naturally to most, but handling your cat often gets them used to… well, being handled. That makes the vet’s life much easier when it’s examination time.
- Don’t feed them beforehand. Avoid feeding your cat before the trip to the vets as they may be too stressed to keep the food down. You can make up for it later with treats, promise.
Ways to avoid waiting room woes…
Even though the journey may be the most stressful part for you, the waiting room can be equally scary for your cat. Settle their nerves with these tips:
- Cover their carrier with a blanket. Reducing the visual stimulus, such as new people and animals, can make the waiting room a little easier for your cat. The smell of home can also comfort them somewhat against all the new scents in the room.
- Keep talking to them. Talk to your cat in a gentle, soothing voice to reassure them that you’re still with them. You might not be their favourite person right now, but at least they know you.
How to come home calmly…
Don’t rush things at the last hurdle, just keep these last couple of things in mind:
- Keep things calm. Open their carrier and give them space to realise that everything is okay. Go back to your normal routine and they’ll do the same – especially if treats are waiting…
- Think about pheromones. A plug-in pheromone diffuser can calm your cat after a trip to the vets, so it can be good to have one near their favourite place when you get back.
Following these tips doesn’t guarantee a stress-free trip to the vets, but it will make you both feel more secure throughout. Just remember, you’re doing it because you love them.
If you have any more questions (or worries) on your cat’s trip to the vets, feel free to get in touch with our vet nurses for any further advice.