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Help Your Cat Cope With Vet Visits

A visit to the vet can be stressful for cats and owners alike. It can be less nerve-wracking, however, if you follow a few tips.

Does your cat hide from his crate?

Fear of the Crate

For many cats, the crate means a trip to the vet. Just the sight of the crate can send a cat into a panic. Help kitty get used to the crate by keeping it where he can always see it. Put toys in the crate so that it will be a fun place.

Stressful Car Ride

A ride in a car – with its movements and sounds — can be frightening for a cat. Add a trip to the vet, and you’ll have a terrified cat. Help kitty get used to the car by taking her on frequent short drives.

Chemical Smells

The smell of antiseptics can be scary for an animal that doesn’t understand. The Purring Post recommends spraying a cloth with a calming pheromone product and placing it in kitty’s crate.

Handling by Many Strangers

Whether it’s an assistant or the veterinarian, strangers will handle a cat at the vet’s office. For example, it may take two people to perform tests or take lab samples. Purring Post recommends a non-exam visit to the clinic so that your cat can meet the staff at a non-stressful time. That way, kitty will associate the vet’s office with petting and fun as well as exams.

Taking Temperature

No one wants their temperature taken in their “nether region.” Simple steps can help your cat cope, such as requesting that the thermometer be warmed before use. A non-exam visit with the staff, as suggested above, would help kitty to understand that the vet’s office is not always scary or uncomfortable.

Needles

Needles hurt, and they often surprise a cat during an exam. Your cat remembers those pokes and jabs. Take the sting out of the visit by giving kitty treats after the exam.

Uncomfortable Exam Room

Any doctor’s office can be a cold and uncomfortable place. The table where all the poking and prodding takes place is especially scary to a cat. Take a favorite blanket or soft toy to the exam room to reassure kitty and remind her of home.

People in Waiting Room

At the same time kitty is dreading needles and thermometers, she must wait in a room full of pet owners. Some of the people are worried about their pets, while others may want to pet your cat. Purring Post recommends scheduling vet visits early in the morning, when fewer people are there.

Cats need comforting after vet exams.

Strange Animals

In the waiting room, your cat hears and smells animals that he has never met before. To reduce stress, try visiting a vet’s office that has separate entrances for dogs and cats, as recommended by Purring Post.

Unpleasant Surprises

Surprise pokes and prods make any vet visit stressful. Healthy Pets by Mercola suggests mock exams at home to help kitty get used to people handling her paws and other parts of her body.

Cats don’t have to hate visiting the vet. These tips can help your cat stay calm during her next exam.

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