Stress Doesn’t Have to Be Part
of Your Cat’s Veterinary Visit
Stress-Free Handling is the Solution
Stress-free Visits Begin at Home
Making your cat’s visit to the vet begins with how you handle the trip at home. If the only time your baby sees the carrier is when it’s headed to the vet, you’re already starting with a stressful situation.
Here are a few suggestions to make this part of the visit easier…
- Make your carrier an everyday fixture in your cat’s environment. Don’t hide it away in the closet, use it as a safe place to be petted or to receive treats or special toys.
- Before your leave for your appointment, wipe the inside of the carrier with a Feliway pheromone wipe to assure your cat the carrier is safe and comfortable to be in. Make sure you allow 30 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate before trying to put your baby inside.
- Giving your baby a little pre-exam Rescue Remedy will help alleviate some of the stress she may be feeling.
- Finally, if you have a cat that simply goes berserk during their visits, give us a call and we can dispense a small dose of medication that’ll give a nice calming effect with no side effects.
Typical Signs of Stress
Cats are very expressive with their emotions and if you’re paying attention, they’ll tell you exactly what they think of you!
Feline stress signals include body language such as:
- Dilated pupils
- Ears going back or flattened on the head
- Hissing, yawling, or growling
- Swatting and biting
- Tail flicking back and forth, progressing to definitive swishing
Managing Stress in the Exam Room
The examination room can be the most stressful part of the vet visit, so we’re very careful to prevent stress in every aspect of our exam.
From using Feliway Pheromone diffusers throughout the hospital and in all exam rooms to allowing your babies to roam the exam room before we come in, everything we do is geared to making your cats more relaxed during their examination.
In those cases where your baby just gets too stressed, we’ll offer to abort the visit and bring them back in at another time, often with a light anti-anxiety medication on board to help them stay relaxed in the first place.