August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss ways that you can decrease this stressful situation.
Over the last decade, despite the fact that the pet population has been gradually increasing, veterinary visits have been declining every year. A decrease in regular veterinary visits can lead to an increase in preventable and treatable illnesses, like diabetes, dental disease, and ear infections. Dr. Anna Coffin believes that the stress of getting the cat in the carrier and traveling to the vet are the major reasons why owners don’t take the cat to the vet.
For those of you that have cats in your household, you should already know that they are afraid and stressed out by new objects. When you go to take the cat to the vet and you get the carrier out of the garage from a year ago, why are you surprised that your cat doesn’t like it? Dr. Anna Coffin believes the key to a taking your cat to the vet with less stress is getting your cat acclimated to the carrier. This is easily done by leaving the carrier out and open in your house on a daily basis. You can toss treats and toys into the carrier to encourage your cat to go inside. Visit the Cat Friendly page of Guthrie Pet Hospital website and watch 3 short videos on cat carriers.[Tweet “the key to a taking your cat to the vet with less stress is getting your cat acclimated to the carrier. “]
Tips for getting your cat to the vet:
Natural pheromones, like Feliway, sprayed inside the carrier at least 15 minutes before taking your cat to the vet will also help reduce your cat’s stress. Covering the carrier with a blanket or towel, so that your cat can’t see out can also help reduce your cat’s fear, especially once you get to the veterinary clinic.
Choosing a veterinarian for your cat is almost as crucial as getting your cat to the vet. Guthrie Pet Hospital is a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice. This means that we have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment such as feline-only waiting areas and examination rooms. Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat. Find a Cat Friendly Practice near you.