Most cats find their veterinary appointments disconcerting if not frightening and, because of the caregiver’s concerns about this, are not regularly brought to see the veterinarian. Regular visits to the veterinarian are important for identifying health issues early when they are the most easily treated. There are ways to help them feel more comfortable with their annual exam which makes things easier for them and for you, their owner.
Dr. Lann with Purrl taking a slow, calm approach to the exam
Use Feliway for less stressful travel
One of the biggest hurdles is traveling in the carrier to the vet’s office. We recommend using the product Feliway sprayed on a towel placed over the carrier to calm them in their travels. This video also gives advice on the best type of carriers, and how to get them used to being in a carrier. (Video on traveling with your cat in a carrier)
From the time that you get your cat or kitten you can lay the groundwork for their future. By following the steps outlined in this video you can help them have less stress. Basically, incorporate the body manipulation you see in this video (Video of body manipulation) at home, so when you are at the veterinarian’s office your cat is not surprised or confused by the way they are handled for their exam. This can also help you at home for giving medication and nail trims or brushing their teeth. (Video on brushing cat’s teeth)
Practice makes perfect
This style of brush works best for cats
By regularly, even daily, working with your kitty you can make them feel more comfortable for veterinary appointments and home care AND you can keep track of any changes in your cat such as, weight loss or lumps and bumps.
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