Coming to the veterinarian will inevitably cause your cat stress and anxiety, but this is an all-too-common reason for not visiting the veterinarian. This becomes a problem as your cat gets older because going to geriatric clinics as part of your cat’s preventative health care can help your cat live a longer and more comfortable life.
Cats are territorial, independent animals that need to control their environment and are sensitive to strange odors. Cats dislike travelling because they are suddenly removed from their usual territory, exposed to new sounds and scents, and forced to move in unfamiliar ways. These factors can make vet visits more stressful for your cat, which can lead to increased stress in you. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to make trips more pleasant for them while also ensuring they get the best medical care possible.
How to make your cat’s vet visits less stressful
This may seem self-evident, but remain calm and speak to your cat in a low, soft tone. They will sense your anxiety or frustration and become anxious and fearful as a result. So give yourself enough time before going to the vet to lavish affection, play, and treats your cat.
How do you calm a cat before taking it to the vet?
1. At the vet’s office, be there for your cat, but don’t smother it
While you should avoid smothering your cat with affection, simply being present with your kitty is a good idea, especially if your cat is affectionate. The presence of someone your kitty know and trust may elicit a positive response in cats. It can be beneficial to talk to them or even sing to them. Also, keep in mind that each cat is unique. It’s safe to assume that if your cat seeks out your lap while you’re nearby, she wants to be there. So please pay attention to your kitty’s personal preferences in order to provide the best assistance in his time of need at a regular check-up.
2. At the veterinary clinic, take things slowly
When it comes to calming a stressed cat, especially one who has just been exposed to something new, the words “slow and steady” come to mind.
3. At the veterinary clinic, create a safe, comfortable environment with vertical space.
Large, open spaces can be frightening to cats, so make sure she has a cozy spot to retreat to when she’s stressed. Some cats prefer to stay hidden and under things because they prefer to live in the bush.
4. Maintain Kitty’s Essentials at the Vet Clinic
While having a vet visit, one anxiety-relieving practice cat owners sometimes overlook taking care of their essential needs in a cat-centric manner.
5. Allow Her to Disseminate Her Aroma If she’s under stress
Cats use various techniques to soothe themselves, including rubbing their faces and marking their paws with their scent. If your cat is stressed, you must allow them to leave its scent in the vet clinic.
After you’ve calmed down your cat, find a suitable carrier.
Ensure your cat’s carrier is warm, comfy, and big enough for him to stand up and turn around in. If you’re worried about messes, plastic carriers are ideal, and top and front opening carriers allow the cat to be carefully lifted in and out. If you think your kitty would be more comfortable sitting in the base while being examined, let your vet know.
Feeding is not recommended during a vet visit
Do not feed your cat for at least 6 hours before the journey to avoid nausea or vomiting.
Covering & Wrapping
Wrap your cat in a thick blanket and place them both in the carrier if your cat panics when you try to put them in the carrier. Once inside the carrier, keep them calm by covering them with a towel or blanket that smells like home or is sprayed with a calming product.
Done with care
Avoid swinging or allowing the carrier to bang into things when transporting them by hand or by car. When driving, a good spot is in the footwell or a securely fastened seat with a seatbelt and cannot move.