Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Of course, we aren’t advising that all of our feline patients should come to visit us that day. Our waiting area would be overflowing with kitties! However, it is very important to keep up with Fluffy’s veterinary care needs. Here, a Webster, NY vet discusses taking your cat to the vet.

Nervous Kitties

Most of our feline buddies are less than thrilled about visiting us. Cats are usually much happier staying home. Fluffy may also be frightened by the sight, smell, and sound of other nervous pets. We understand this, and do everything possible to make appointments quick, comfortable, and easy for our furry friends.

The Carrier

If Fluffy only sees her carrier before a car ride, she may immediately become wary and suspicious when you pull it out of storage. Keep the carrier out between appointments, and put some comfy bedding and toys in it. Then, tell your cat to stay out of it. Your furball will most likely immediately hop in for a nap!

Driving

Cats have their own ideas about the laws of physics. They also have some very strong opinions about cars. Fido may love car rides, but as far as Fluffy is concerned, a moving vehicle is an evil robot that is hurtling through space at lightning speed. When driving your feline buddy to the vet, try to pick a route without a lot of bumps. You’ll also want to avoid sharp turns and sudden stops or starts.

Cat-Calming Tactics

If your four-legged friend gets extremely nervous on car rides, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as sprays or collars. These can help soothe nervous pets. Talking to your kitty in a gentle tone can also help.

Shedding

Many cats begin to shed fur when they are uneasy. You may want to put a blanket down in your car before Fluffy’s appointment. Keeping a lint roller in your glove box isn’t a bad idea, either.

Nausea

Cats sometimes get carsick. If your furball doesn’t do well on car rides, don’t feed her just before her appointment. When you are driving, keep a window rolled partway down. That way, Fluffy will always have fresh air flowing to her.

Please contact us, your Webster, NY vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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