If you’re a pet owner and have cats, you know that taking your cat to the vets is not a pleasant experience. There are several things you can do before taking your cat to the vets that may help ease your pets stress.
Cats don’t normally ride in the car except when you’re taking your cat to the vets, so they naturally get very stressed about the car ride. Motion sickness and high stress levels are the two main concerns when taking your cat to the vets.
One of my cats, gets extremely stressed whenever we go to the vets.She drools halfway there, drools at the vets, and I have to put her in a bathroom when we return home because she drools for about half an hour afterwards. She is an extreme case and the vet has told me that she’s the worse case they have for stress.
About a week before taking your cat to the vets, start giving your pet a drop or two of Rescue Remedy in its water. Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic stress reliever sold in natural food stores. It takes a few days to work, so if you start about a week ahead of time, it will help reduce stress when taking your cat to the vets. I give my cats two drops twice a day in their water bowls and it has helped. Since using Rescue Remedy, my cat still drools, however, not half as much as she used to.
I’m not in the habit of using meds on my cats, however, this particular cat gets so stressful that I had to do something. I adopted Jesse from a local animal shelter after she and her three kittens were left in a cat carrier next to a dumpster. I asked my vet how I could help Jesse calm down and Rescue Remedy was one of the suggestions she gave me.
A few days before taking your cat to the vets, bring out the cat carrier. Your cat knows what the cat carrier means and gets stressed just by looking at it. Bring it out and put it in the hallway or someplace where your cat is sure to see it. Don’t put it near her food or sleeping area as that will increase her stress. Put it where she has to walk by it or across the room from her favorite chair. That way, she can keep an eye on it but it’s far enough away that she won’t be too concerned.
Before taking your cat to the vets, place a kitty afghan into the cat carrier. If you knit or crochet you can make a kitty afghan by checking out my previous article on how to make kitty afghans. If you don’t have a kitty afghan, use a small hand towel. Something with your scent on it will be comforting to your cat.
Leave the door open to the cat carrier so that she can sniff it when you’re not looking.
Meals can be tricky when taking your cat to the vets. If you’re allowed to feed her because she’s not having any blood tests, then feed her about 1 to 1½ hours before your appointment. A full stomach will help with motion sickness when taking your cat to the vets. Also give her two drops of Rescue Remedy in her water to help calm her down.
I always put an old towel on the seat where I’m going to place the cat carrier. The towel helps to protect the seat from the cat carrier.
While taking your cat to the vets, your cat will be looking every which way at new sights and listening to the new sounds. The sound of the motor running and the sound of the wind through an open window will be new to her. For this reason, I put on classical or jazz music and play it softly. It helps to drown out some of the sounds when taking your cat to the vets. Don’t play loud music as it will add to your cat’s stress levels.
While driving, I talk softly to my cat and will gently rub her nose through the cat carrier. Once I arrive at the vets and the put me any my cat into a room, I let my cat out and will hold her for a few minutes before the vet comes in.
Taking your cat to the vets is usually done once a year, so you’re taking your cat out of his/her comfort zone. Remember that and try to be as accommodating as you can to ease your pet’s stress.
Source: Many Personal Experiences