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Tips for keeping your cat calm at the veterinary clinic

[From Tufts February 2011 Issue]

Make your next trip to your veterinarian less stressful for your cat —
and you — by following these tips:
■■ Build up a positive association with the pet carrier by keeping it
open in your home and tossing in treats or a small toy for your cat
to retrieve.
■■ Cover the carrier’s floor with a towel to encourage your cat to take
naps in the carrier.
■■ Select a pet carrier that enables you to easily detach the top to
remove the cat in the exam room.
■■ Choose clinics that treat only cats, or that provide separate lobbies
for dogs and cats, or that allow you to bring your cat directly
into an exam room upon arrival.
■■ Place a towel over the carrier housing the cat to block out visual distractions
during the trip and in the clinic lobby.
■■ Place the towel on the exam table so your cat doesn’t have to
feel the cold steel surface.
■■ Bring small, healthy treats or a feather wand toy to distract
your cat when he is being examined.
— By Arden Moore

Comments (3)

I appreciate the suggestions listed here. I live in a very rural area that is sparsely populated. I'm unaware of a vet that would come to my home, but some of the other suggestions here sound like they could help ease the nerves of my cat, and in turn, mine.

Posted by: Bobolinkinc | May 30, 2017 9:11 AM    Report this comment

Many vets have a home visit vet. Mine is good and very reasonable.

Posted by: Herzog0 | May 29, 2017 10:06 AM    Report this comment

Many vets have a visit at home vet that they send out. Mine is good and reasonable

Posted by: Herzog0 | May 29, 2017 10:05 AM    Report this comment

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