7 Ways to De-Stress your Cat's Veterinarian Visit
Cats are usually very anxious and fearful of the visits to the veterinarians. Unlike dogs that love to be handled and are somewhat habitual of all the prodding and handling, cats do not take all this handling well.
Getting an ESA letter helps you to live with your cat but this is not enough to keep your cat healthy. You have to take care of its medical needs also, which means taking her to the veterinarian every now and then.
Good news is that you can help your kitty and make the visit less stressful for her through a number of ways.
- Prepare her at Home
Mostly, the only time a cat gets herself handled is when she is having a visit to a veterinarian. Cats do not like to be handled and this dislike increases when this happens once in a while. To prepare your cat at home, check her ears and nails regularly. Your emotional support animal letter proves that if you’re suffering from emotional or mental disability then your ESA aids will treat that disability.
Run your hands in your cat’s fur and check for any unusual change. Doing this every week will help your cat understand that it is okay to let the veterinarian check it.
- Familiarize her with the Carrier
You must have bought a carrier to carry your cat to and from the veterinarian. Instead of just hiding the carrier away, put it at a visible place. For many cats, taking the carrier out means that it is going to the veterinarian.
Encourage your cat to have its meals in the carrier and keep it open and accessible for kitty. Other than the veterinarian, take her to a park or supermarket in her carrier. This way, she will learn to love her carrier and she will be more comnfortable to travel in it. On the other hand, letting your ESA dog sleep with you in your bed can be a lovely experience for both of you.
- Take Kitty to a Car Trip
When did you last take your cat on a car trip? For most of the cat owners, it is the last time they took her to the veterinarian. Your cat has associated the car trip with the visit to the veterinarian.
Take her on a car trip to a pleasant place like a park or to a friend’s place. In the beginning, keep the rides short but increase it with time. Increase the time it spends in the carrier and in the car and give her plenty of healthy treats.
- Take her to a Cat-Friendly Veterinarian
Many veterinarians are good doctors but they may not be gentle and friendly to them. When looking for a veterinarian, visit his clinic and see of he has a cat-friendly clinic.
A cat-friendly clinic will have a separate waiting and checkup room for cats. Cats usually get anxious about seeing dogs or other animals. Some even have pheromone diffusers to make your cat feel comfortable in the clinic.
- Let Her Feel Comfortable
Instead of forcing her out of the carrier and on to the doctor’s examination table, let her take her time to relax and come out of the carrier when she is ready. Many cats like to conduct the examination staying in the carrier. You can check an ESA letter online before getting one for yourself.
For this, get a carrier with a removable top lid that you could remove for the examination.
- Cover the Carrier when Travelling
Looking at other animals and people could make your cat anxious and fearful. The best way of preventing it is to cover the carrier when travelling or waiting in the veterinarian’s waiting area. Some cats are more anxious than others and of your cat is one of it then waiting outside the veterinarian’s clinic will be a better option.
Talk to the veterinarian and see if this could be possible.
- Give her an Anti-Anxiety Medicine
Based on the anxiety level of your cat, your veterinarian may suggest some anti-anxiety medication for your cat. These medicines help to keep your cat calm. The medication takes some time to work, therefore, give it at least 30 to 60 minutes before going to the veterinarian.
Taking your cat to the veterinarian is important to keep her in a healthy state. Often, cats are anxious and fearful of these visits and by following the ways mentioned above, you can help your feline feel better.
by Tom_Banton on 2020-04-04 03:31:05
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