We get it! A trip to the vet can be a daunting experience. However, it is very important to bring your cat to the vet at least annually. Cats are notorious for having conditions that can cause pain, such as dental disease, or conditions that need early detection, such as kidney disease. We are very aware that the biggest hurdle is often when your cat is afraid of leaving the house and coming to the vet office. We are here to help! Here are some steps to reduce and eliminate fear and stress of vet visits.
Have a carrier that easily unzips or has an easily-removable top. Cats are very easy to examine in their carry bags or carriers, but this is only possible if the carrier is easy to unzip or dissemble.
Leave the carrier out in your house in a quiet place, so it remains familiar. Put treats in occasionally. You’ll probably notice that your kitty actually spends time in there voluntarily, and this makes it a good place, not a scary one.
When you come to our office, we will get you into our cat-only room ASAP. We don’t allow dogs in there, so it is only cat smells and toys. When you arrive, place the carrier on the ground and open it up. Most cats, even if nervous, will come out and investigate, or even play. This makes the visit much more enjoyable.
When we enter the exam room, we will first allow your furry friend to investigate us, we’ll talk for a few minutes while your cat sniffs and walks around.
Sometimes a cat is very willing to be examined, but is afraid of certain diagnostics, such as having blood drawn. In these cases, it is very easy to give them some sedation to perform the procedure, in order to eliminate any fear.
At Wheatland Animal Hospital, our goal is to help reduce anxiety for both you and your cat. A separate waiting area, along with a dedicated feline-only exam room is designed to provide a non-threatening atmosphere. Providing good health care, especially preventative health care, can allow your cats to have longer, more comfortable lives!
Want to learn more about feline services at Wheatland Animal Hospital? Check out our website www.WheatlandAnimalHospital.com/feline-services.
Book your cat’s first appointment with us today! Call (630) 904-2020 to schedule. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends!