Taking your cat to the vets
Some cats love their baskets and carriers, but for others, the sight of that cat carrier coming out is a cue to hide. Here are some things you can do to help make that trip to us less stressful.
Choose a good carrier for your cat
- Top-opening carriers much are easier – you can gently lift your cat in and out, with much less of a struggle than trying to get her through a small door in the front of a carrier
- It should be robust and easy to clean (plastic or plastic-coated)
- Cover the carrier with a blanket or towel during the journey to keep your cat calm
- Secure the carrier in the car in a footwell or seat so it cannot move
- Hold the carrier carefully – avoid swinging it or banging it against objects
Familiar smells will make your cat less stressed
- Use the carrier at home - encourage your cat cat to sleep or be fed in the carrier, so it does not only appear when there is a vet visit!
- Put bedding or clothing that smells of home in the carrier
- Rub a cloth around your cat's face to pick up scent, then rub this around the carrier and leave it inside
- Spray the carrier with Feliway® transport spray (which you can order from us), 30 minutes before using it
- If your cat panics, wrap him or her in a thick blanket and put both in the carrier
- Take spare bedding (smelling of home) in case your cat soils the carrier by accident
If you don't have a suitable carrier, please give us a call as we are happy to lend you one!