Indoor or outdoor, cats need regular wellness exams—but statistics show that after their initial kitten vaccinations, pet owners tend to take cats to the vet significantly less often than dogs.
Regular exams are just as important for felines as they are for canines. Cats are very adept at hiding injury and illness and waiting until your cat shows symptoms could mean a much more expensive veterinary bill…or worse.
One of the main reasons pet owners cite for not taking their cats in more often is that felines are so fearful they can be difficult to handle. As a certified cat friendly practice, Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs has some tips for making veterinary visits less stressful for you and your cat:
- Help your cat become comfortable with the carrier before scheduled vet visits. Leave it out in a room where your cat spends lots of time and put soft, familiar bedding as well as catnip or toys inside.
- Try spritzing a cat-friendly pheromone spray inside the carrier 30 minutes before departure. Feliway or even a drop or two of lavender essential oil can be calming.
- 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.
- 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.
- Talk to your cat in a low, soothing voice while he or she is being examined.