It is no secret that cats do not like to visit the veterinarian. But sometimes a trip to the animal hospital is essential. So how can this go smoother for not only your furry friend but you as well? In this article, we will share with you some tips for taking your cat to the vet.
It’s important to work to make a trip to the veterinarian not so stressful on your companion. And while you may not be able to make this journey fun for your feline, per se, you can do little things to help put her at ease. The first way to do this is to aid your cat in getting used to being placed in her carrier. When it’s not time for the vet, put the carrier down with the door open and place a tasty treat inside. Allow her to enter when she is ready and get her to treat. Leave the door open so she can rest and come and go as she pleases. That way she is well acquainted with her carrier and is not afraid to travel in it when it is time to go to the vet.
Another tip when it comes to taking your cat to the vet is to make sure that you pick a cat-friendly veterinarian. Some vets see cats exclusively, which means that they specialize in not only treating felines but making sure that they stay comfortable during treatment. If your veterinarian does see dogs, a good thing to look out for is whether or not they keep cats and dogs apart.
Make sure that when you do arrive at the vet’s office that you come prepared and well-informed. Write down any questions that you think of so that you don’t forget to ask them, and stay involved in your pet’s care. That way she stays as healthy as can be and doesn’t need to see the vet more often than is needed.
Lastly, it’s of the utmost importance to praise your cat for a job well done. Verbal praise, stroking, and treats here and there will let her know that she is safe with you and loved. It will also let her know that she will be fine during and after the trip to the vet.
In conclusion, use these tips so that your furry companion will have the best possible trip to the veterinarian – and so that you can have peace of mind as well.