We understand it can be stressful for both you and your cat to make it to the vet's office, so we would like to help reduce some of that stress. Here are some helpful tips.
Before the trip:
- Consider using a carrier with a removable top
- Leave the carrier in plain sight the day before or several hours before your visit
- Wipe down or spray the inside of the carrier with Feliway no sooner than 10 minutes before leaving
- Before attempting to put your cat in the carrier, take 5 deep breaths, listen to music, or picture yourself on a beach or in some other calm setting
- Drink a cup of lavender or chamomile tea
When ready to go:
- Close your bedroom doors to reduce the areas that your cat can hide
- Place the carrier on the edge of a table or counter
- Take 5 more deep breaths
- Calmly pick up your cat and place him or her head-first into the carrier and shut the door
- If this doesn't work, put the carrier on the floor with the door facing up and put the cat in backwards (behind-first).
- In the car, consider playing classical or calming music
At the clinic:
- When in the exam room, sit and take 5 deep breaths
- Open the carrier but leave your cat in the carrier if they do not want to come out
Just remember, when you are anxious, stressed or nervous, your cat will sense this and resist, hide or simply be suspicious. It is more important to calm yourself first. If your cat gets car sick or is severely fearful at the vet's office, we can prescribe sedatives of varying degrees.
Some non-prescription calming agents you may consider are:
- Rescue Remedy
- Rx Vitamins Calm
- Feline Calming Collar
- Feliway products
- Nutriscience Composure Treats
We are always here to help! Please don't hesitate to call us at (317) 844-2287 if you have any questions.