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Getting Your Cat to the Vet Fear-Free

posted by Dr. Deb on March 1st, 2015 in Behavior, Cats

FearFreeLogoThe Cimarron Animal Hospital Team is committed to providing a Fear Free veterinary experience, to the best of our ability, for every pet we care for.  See our Fear Free Initiative

Cats are notoriously stressed about coming in to the vet, so many people just wait until their cat is sick before they face the daunting, heart-wrenching experience.  But, cats need wellness exams as much as, if not more than, dogs, since they hide their illnesses until they are critical!

Here are some tips for getting cats into the Veterinary Clinic with less stress for both of you:

  • Leave the cat carrier out for your cat to enjoy all of the time!
       Feed your kitty in the carrier
       Every day, put treats in the carrier for your kitty to discover
       Keep soft, clean bedding in the carrier
       Sometimes, cover the carrier with a towel or carrier cover (Cat Cozy)
       Put a spritz of Feliway in the carrier once a day
  • Wipe the carrier or spritz once with Feliway 30 minutes before travel
  • Always carry the carrier from underneath— never use the handle. It’s too much rocking and swaying!
  • Cover the carrier when traveling– most cats would prefer not to see the world racing by while they are standing still!
  • Practice driving around the block or around town and ending up right back home!

Start these techniques with your kitten! If you have an adult cat, start Today!

  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats with you.
       Give a bite when you arrive in the waiting room
       Give a bite when you settle into the exam room
       Toss a few around the room to encourage exploration and natural hunting instincts- it lets off “steam”!
       Save the rest for your Pet Care Team!  This way, they will have more opportunity to give treats to help make                  the experience more pleasant.
  • Ask your Veterinarian for anti-anxiety supplements or prescription medications that can be given before the visit to help “take the edge off”.
  • Consider additional short-acting sedation in the clinic if needed.

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Cat Carrier Training Video

 To Request an Appointment at Cimarron Animal Hospital Tucson for your cat’s Less Stress check Up, Click Here

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