Getting your cat to the vet is never an easy feat, from the dreaded carrier to the car trip there isn’t ever much joy associated with it. And to top it all off let’s not forget how incredibly stressful this process can be for your feline friend! There are many stories floating around about the escapades of cat owners, cats, and cat carriers. I have compiled a list of tips below that will hopefully make the journey just that little bit easier!
- The Carrier
The dreaded carrier, the first realisation that your cat will be leaving its comfy surroundings is sure to be a frightening one. Unfortunately most cats won’t willingly be confined, so in order to make its experience in the carrier better there are a few tips you can follow.
- Turn your carrier into a ‘comfy bed’ that is available at all times, place a pillow or a soft blanket in it and it will soon become your kitties new favourite hidey hole!
- Use treats and toys as rewards to make your cat’s journey in its carrier a little easier.
- Close the doors softly and quietly so that no loud noises will startle your cat.
- The Car
Your cat probably only ever goes in the car when its heading to the vet, so of course it’s going to associate only ‘scary and negative’ things with it. Just like the carrier, if your cat has only had negative experiences associated with it then it is important that you create some level of positivity to connect with it as well. An idea is to place your cat in the carrier, and drive without going anywhere. Doing this every so often will encourage your cat to believe that the car is a safe place and isn’t always associated with scary outcomes!
In the hour or so leading up to your cats vet appointment, take some time to bond with your cat. This could mean playing with his favourite toys or simply petting and cuddling him. Giving him this attention will help to calm your cat and remind him that you care and love him and only want the best. If you follow these 3 simple steps, over time your trips to the vet will become easier and easier. Just don’t forget that it takes patience, however the results you see in time will be very rewarding.