Cats hate nothing more than changes in their daily routine. Visiting the vet and driving to the studio are stressful challenges for many. The following tips will help especially anxious cats survive the visit to the vet.
One cat becomes aggressive at the vet, while others remain completely relaxed – exactly how a cat reacts to a visit to the vet’s office is often tied to their past characteristics and experiences.
Some visits to the vet are inevitable. In addition to emergencies, this also includes preventative medical checkups for older cats. The following four tips will help make the vet visit as relaxed as possible.
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1. Transport and acceptance box: this is the best way to transport a cat to the vet
There are many things that can frighten a cat in the waiting room of a vet’s office and while traveling: noisy cars, strangers, barking dogs, and finally other sick animals who are just as nervous as they are.
Most cats are therefore safer in one closed transport box. Is your cat’s kennel usually in the basement or attic? This is not optimal for introducing a cat to this item:
If a cat only knows its carrier in connection with unloved visits to the vet, it will always react with anxiety to this item!
It is therefore advisable to keep the transport box in the animal’s living area. It is not uncommon for the transport box to have a second meaning for the cat as a so-called safe place.
From a cat’s point of view, a carrier perfectly fulfills these properties thanks to its shape and size!
2. Frightened cats: best to put them in the transport box for two
There are cats that may not do everything they can to avoid being stowed in the transport box, but who still show some resistance to it. Although there are alternatives (see next section for more information), these cats should also be taken to the vet in a transport box for safety reasons.
For the following method of putting a cat in a transport box, there should be two: the first person positions himself with the basket, opening upwards, on the floor. The cat should now be as close to the basket as possible, or at least in the same room.
The second person grabs the animal by the fold of the neck and lifts it into the open basket. The other hand should be used to stabilize the back so as not to cause unnecessary pain to the animal.
It is helpful to familiarize yourself with the box locking mechanism again before action, so that you can act as quickly as possible.
3. Use a leash instead of a cat basket
Some cats go crazy at the vet because they feel locked in the transport box. These cats usually exhibit considerable stamina when placed in the carrier.
Wearing a cat leash as an alternative to a carrier has advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered. On the one hand, the cat harness offers the pet more freedom and is therefore in many cases less stressful than a closed box. On the other hand, cats without a protective box are more exposed to environmental stimuli.
You should also keep in mind that the cat can still defend itself against a visit to the vet. If the transport box is missing, there is no cat claw protection for the companion.
Even some veterinary practices don’t like it when feline patients come unboxed. It is advisable to inquire in advance about the provisions in the practice of the trust.
4. Stay calm in the vet’s office
While not all cats defend against it, a visit to the vet is nerve-wracking for most. The date represents a break with their family routine and cats hate nothing more than changes in their family routines.
If you want your cat to visit the vet as relaxed as possible, you can use little helpers to help you relax: Feliway is a spray that contains synthetic cat hormones. It helps many cats stay balanced and relaxed.
You can read more about Feliway and how it works in the article Mythos Feliway: What Pheromone Spray Can Really Do for Cats.
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