Getting to the vet

 

Most cats are not wild about road trips, but there are some things you can do to help minimize their stress:Renee Landry's cat Autumn loves her top-entry carrier

  • Keep their carrier out and accessible in the home
     
  • Create and maintain a positive association with the carrier by making it a comfortable resting, feeding, or play location
     
  • When feasible, and if your cat is neutrally or favorably inclined to car travel, take your cat out on periodic car rides paired with positive experiences
     
  • Withholding food prior to travel may prevent motion sickness, increase interest in treats at the clinic, and is beneficial if blood is to be collected
     
  • Place familiar clothing from a favorite person in the carrier on a routine basis or just prior to transport
     
  • Provide cover/hiding options in the carrier, such as a blanket or towel with familiar scents
     
  • The feline pheromone product Feliway®* can be sprayed in the carrier 30 minutes before travel to help keep your cat calm
     
  • A towel draped over the carrier (possibly spritzed with Feliway) can reduce motion sickness and help your cat feel more secureThese kittens have a carrier that opens on top and on the end. This carrier's top half can also be removed.
     
  • There are many styles of carriers available: A top-loading carrier makes removing your cat less stressful, and the type where the top half is easily removed allows your cat to remain in the bottom half for the exam

We have a separate waiting area for cats so they don’t have to see dogs, and we will do our best to get your cat into a room quickly to minimize stress from lobby noises. 

*Feliway can be purchased here at the hospital or from our online store

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