Vet visits sometimes make cats anxious. We’ll do what we can while you’re at our office to keep Kitty calm; here’s what you can do on the trip over, to keep him or her anxiety free.
Your cat can ‘read’ your feelings. If you are calm, likely your cat will be calm. Go slowly when getting your cat into the carrier. Never force or punish. Reward good behavior and talk in a soft voice. If your cat has a history of being anxious at the vet, reach out to us by phone, 845-354-1800, before your appointment. We may be able to provide a very mild, safe sedative.
Teach Your Cat That the Carrier is a Safe Place
Leave your cat carrier out in a quiet, safe place that’s accessible to your cat. Occasionally place treats in the carrier to encourage your cat to enter it. Make it comfy. Use Feliway Pheromone Spray to give the carrier a calming air. You can purchase Feliway at our office or use this link to buy it at our online pharmacy.
Buy the Right Size Carrier
Top loading, hard shell carriers are best. Make sure that the carrier is big enough for your cat to stand up and turn around in. As long as your cat is inside the carrier, make sure that he or she is not put in direct sun, left in a car, or placed on the floor of our waiting room near dogs or other cats. It is best to place the carrier on the floor of your car to avoid spills in case you stop suddenly. Do not place your cat in the trunk of your car.
No Food The Morning of Your Pet’s Visit
It’s best to restrict food and water from cats that will be transported by car the morning of their veterinary visit unless they are being seen for lack of appetite. Cats on a full stomach are more likely to get car sick. If your cat has a history of car sickness, reach out to us by phone 845-354-1800, so that we can prescribe a safe, motion sickness medication.
After the Visit
It’s not uncommon for cats returning from the vet to be treated aggressively by other cats in multi-cat households. To guard against this natural and normal reaction, place your cat in a separate room, along with food, water and a litter box, and close the door for a few hours. Alternatively, you can leave your cat inside the carrier and allow the other cats in the household to smell and explore for awhile before opening up the carrier door. This should reduce the chances of a scrap between the parties.