Cat Care of Vinings is a fearless practice with certified professionals and goes to great lengths to ensure that our cat patients are comfortable with us. It is our privilege to care for your cat and we take everyone’s emotional wellbeing into account when appointing your pet. To this end, we provide a calming environment throughout our hospital, employ careful handling techniques that minimize stress and anxiety, and tailor each visit to the needs of each cat.
A big part of the fear-free equation is home preparation, which is required before walking in with your cat. We know getting your cat to the vet is not always easy, but we hope that together we can change what the veterinary experience means for our feline friends.
Take your cat to the vet
Many cats do not receive the veterinary care they need to live long, healthy lives. This can be explained in large part by the anxiety and stress associated with taking your cat to the vet. Because these negative emotions have an overarching effect on every facet of wellbeing, it is important to create a stress-free visit. Fortunately, there are important strategies for getting your cat to the vet without incident.
Make friends out of enemies
The best place to start is to familiarize your cat with their travel crate. For now, leave the box open and make it an attractive place for your cat. Soft, cozy linens, tempting toys, and their favorite snacks are all important. Be sure to provide encouragement and praise when entering and / or staying in the porter.
Place the box in a location that is not affected by annoying pedestrian traffic or noise. If possible, a warm, sunny place will easily attract them. Place it next to their food and water bowls so they can start making positive associations with the wearer.
Once they have adopted their travel carrier as one of their favorite snoozy spots, start adding the top half of the box or door. These changes should never be abrupt and should always reverse course when your cat begins to avoid the carrier.
This process can take some time. Be patient and stay optimistic that this crucial step will have a critical impact on your cat’s lifelong health and wellbeing.
Make car journeys fun!
Once your cat accepts its carrier, you can start giving them the opportunity to travel in it. Take them in the car for a short time. You don’t even have to go anywhere first. Just give them plenty of reassurance, and a treat or two won’t hurt either!
Slowly build up how long you hang out in the car together. Then take them for short trips around the block. Make it fun Hopefully you can easily get your cat to the vet after training.
We recommend that we just get to know each other when you first bring your cat to us. A spa visit with no vaccinations or even a physical exam can set the tone for more relaxed, happy visits in the future.
Depending on your needs, you may not always have a choice about when to transport your cat to the vet. Otherwise, it is usually best to travel between meals. Motion sickness can upset a cat on a full stomach, and the result can be permanent.
Take your cat to the vet
We love when you take your cat to the vet and we are here to help relieve stress and anxiety. If you have any further questions about how your cat can enjoy their regular visits, please let us know.