We want your cat’s visit to be as pleasant as possible. The following information is provided to help you and your cat have a comfortable and relaxed experience.
Please stay calm as well and praise your cat for their good behavior.
Always transport the cat in a carrier or other safe container.
Train cats to view the carrier as a safe haven and “home away from home.” Keep the carrier out in the home. Put treats, favorite toys, or blankets inside to entice the cat into the carrier.
Carriers with both top and front openings are recommended. Top-loading carriers allow for stress-free placement and removal of the cat and enable them to be examined while remaining in the bottom half of the carrier.
Bring the cat’s favorite treats, toys, and blanket. If the cat likes to be groomed, bring its favorite grooming equipment.
If the cat has previously had negative experiences at a veterinary hospital, the veterinarian may prescribe a short-duration antianxiety medication that should be given approximately one hour prior to the visit.
Feliway (natural pheromone) can be sprayed in the cage 30 minutes before placing your cat in the carrier to decrease anxiety
Take the cat for regular rides in the carrier, starting with very short ones, to places other than the veterinary hospital.
Because cats may get carsick, do not feed the cat for at least an hour prior to travel.
Reward desired behaviors, even small ones, with treats, verbal praise, and other things your cat likes (e.g., brushing, massaging, playing).
Remain calm and speak in a soft voice to help the cat remain calm. If a situation is upsetting for you, the cat may do better if you leave the room.
Always allow a veterinary team member to handle the cat. Even the sweetest and most laid-back cat can become aroused and fearful in a strange environment. Anxiety may cause the cat to act out of character and bite or scratch.
Discuss techniques that might make future visits more relaxing for you and your cat.