Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!
I’m sure many of you with cats at home know this situation all too well. The time comes for Fluffy’s yearly or semi-annual wellness check-up. You call the vet, schedule the appointment, and dig the carrier out of the attic. However, on the day of the exam, your generally playful, social, and curious kitty clams up or runs for cover at the sight of their carrier. Heck, even the mention of that dreaded V-word may send you furry friend under the bed or to the far depths of a closet!
Routine veterinary care is essential in keeping cats happy and healthy, but the stresses of getting cats in a carrier and to the veterinarian may cause many good pet owners to delay their cat’s wellness visits. Because cats are creatures of habit and routine, rare events like a yearly car ride in a contained box can cause even the most sociable kitties to stress out. And once you make it to the vet, the fear of being poked and prodded by the doctor may send your cat’s nerves into a tailspin. So what do you do? How do you maintain your feline friend’s health without coaxing them into a food-induced coma a la Garfield, above?
The key is understanding and working with your cat’s personality,as well as giving them time to get acquainted with new situations and environments. LVH is proud to work with Dr. Leslie Sinn, a veterinarian who specializes in behavioral issues and concerns. According to Dr. Sinn, it is important to patiently work with your pet in stressful situations. This is especially critical when helping your cat become comfortable with their carrier.
For advice on helping your cat associate their carrier and travel as positive experiences, check out the video below.
You can also print out this handy “Stress Less” handout, with specific tips from our vets on creating positive travel and exam experiences for your pet. Then don’t wait another minute, schedule your cat’s wellness exam today!