Getting Your Cat to the Clinic

We know that getting your cat to the veterinarian can be the most stressful part of the visit, but it doesn’t have to be!

Check out this helpful video; ‘Cats and carriers: friends not foes’

Buying a Carrier

  • Top-loading carriers make it easier to place your cat inside
  • Carriers with a top and side opening have additional versatility
  • If your carrier has a removable top, your cat may feel more secure remaining inside throughout the exam
  • You can purchase carriers that double as beds
  • If you have multiple cats each should have their own carrier for travel (do not put multiple cats in one carrier as this can compromise their safety during travel)
  • Leave the carrier out for several days before the appointment so your cat gets used to it
  • Put treats, toys, blankets and a favorite person’s clothes in the carrier for a comfortable and familiar environment
  • Reinforce your cat’s positive associations with the carrier using calm praise
  • Never dump your cat out of the carrier as this creates stress – either let her walk out or gently remove her from the carrier
  • Always put your cat in a carrier when traveling in the car – it’s safer for you and your cat
  • A synthetic feline pheromone, such as Feliway®, in the carrier may help your cat stay calm during transit
  • Drape a blanket or towel over the carrier to reduce motion sickness
  • Take your cat for a few short car rides to build familiarity
  • Do not feed your cat for several hours before traveling to reduce motion sickness
  • After each successful car trip, reward your pet with positive attention and treats
  • Practice regular care such as brushing, nail trimming and teeth brushing at home
  • Touch your cat’s face, ears, feet and tail at home so she will be used to similar procedures at the clinic
  • Go to the veterinarian for visits that don’t involve exams or procedures (such as weighing the cat) to create positive associations
  • Ahead of time, ask the clinic staff if you can take your kitty directly to an exam room upon arrival
  • Speak softly, because if you remain calm, chances are your cat will too!

Practice at Home

  • Leave the carrier out for several days before the appointment so your cat gets used to it
  • Put treats, toys, blankets and a favorite person’s clothes in the carrier for a comfortable and familiar environment
  • Reinforce your cat’s positive associations with the carrier using calm praise
  • Never dump your cat out of the carrier as this creates stress – either let her walk out or gently remove her from the carrier

Car Rides

  • Always put your cat in a carrier when traveling in the car – it’s safer for you and your cat
  • A synthetic feline pheromone, such as Feliway®, in the carrier may help your cat stay calm during transit
  • Drape a blanket or towel over the carrier to reduce motion sickness
  • Take your cat for a few short car rides to build familiarity
  • Do not feed your cat for several hours before traveling to reduce motion sickness
  • After each successful car trip, reward your pet with positive attention and treats

At the Clinic

  • Practice regular care such as brushing, nail trimming and teeth brushing at home
  • Touch your cat’s face, ears, feet and tail at home so she will be used to similar procedures at the clinic
  • Go to the veterinarian for visits that don’t involve exams or procedures (such as weighing the cat) to create positive associations
  • Ahead of time, ask the clinic staff if you can take your kitty directly to an exam room upon arrival
  • Speak softly, because if you remain calm, chances are your cat will too!
Glen Erin Animal Hospital
Monday8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 3:00pm
SundayClosed
 
   
Meadowvale Animal Clinic
Monday8:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 3:00pm
SundayClosed