Indoor or outdoor, cats need regular wellness exams, but statistics show that pet owners tend to take cats to the vet about half as often as dogs. The #1 reason? Pet owners say their cats hate the vet—and they often put up quite a fight.
At Shinnecock Animal Hospital we do all we can to minimize your pet’s stress at our hospital, but there are things you can do prior to the appointment to help your cat feel less anxious.
- Let your cat become comfortable with the carrier. Leave the carrier out in a room where your cat spends lots of time and put soft, familiar bedding as well as catnip or toys inside.
- Don’t chase your cat when trying to get him or her in the carrier. Try to encourage the cat to go in on their own with treats or consider a top-loading carrier.
- Try spritzing a cat-friendly pheromone spray inside the carrier 30 minutes before departure. FeliwayTM or even a drop or two of lavender essential oil can be calming.
- Put a light blanket or towel over the carrier in the car, making sure to allow for ventilation. The less unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells, the better. The cat should remain in the carrier in the vet’s waiting room as well.
Need more help calming your kitty or want to schedule an appointment? Call us at 631-887-3501.