How to make your trip to the vet run smoothly

How to make your trip to the vet run smoothly

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!

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

  1. Preparation

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.


Common Cat Emergencies that need immediate attention

This article is a little bit more gloomy than usual, although it may help you to understand some of the most common dire situations and there need for immediate medical attention. Cats are known to not let humans know when they’re in pain, usually they just purr away! So if you do notice any of these symptoms it is pertinent that you seek urgent medical attention.
1. Refusal to drink
If you have noticed your cat has had nothing to drink in the last 24 hours, despite having access to clean drinking water you should call the vet immediately. If your cat refuses to drink water over a sustained period of time it can be fatal, and could be associated with many common cat ailments.
2. Trouble going to the toilet
If your cat is noticeably troubled when passing urine, this could be due to a urinary infection or a more serious blockage, both of these can be fatal when not treated early!
3. Difficulty breathing
This is probably one of the most urgent medical difficulties (be it human, dog or cat) as death can occur after just 3 minutes without air! It is sometime hard to notice breathing difficulties in cats however symptoms include: breathing with the mouth open, abnormal noise when breathing, and heaving sides.
4. Non-productive retching/gagging
In other words, trying to vomit but bringing nothing up. This could be a fatal sign of splenic or gastric torsion (a syndrome when a cats air filled stomach expands and twists on itself).
5. Blood from extremities
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you do notice blood in your cats vomit, faeces/urine, ears, eyes or mouth it’s very important that you find out why. Blood should never be taken lightly, seek emergency care if you notice blood coming from your feline as there could be unseen internal injuries.