Before your visit to the hospital, here are some steps you can take to help make the trip to the veterinarian less stressful for you and your cat:

  • Always transport your cat in a cat carrier
  • Each cat should have its own carrier
  • The best carriers open from the top, and can be taken apart so that the cat can remain in the bottom for most of the exam if they wish. We have these available at the hospital.
  • Help the cat become accustomed to the carrier by leaving it open in the house and placing toys, treats or food inside
  • Place a soft, clean towel or familiar bedding in the bottom of the carrier
  • Spray the carrier with a calming facial pheromone (e.g., FeliwayTM – available at the hospital) 10-15 minutes before travelling
  • Secure the carrier in the foot well of the back seat of the car to avoid movement during transportation and airbag injuries
  • When carrying the carrier, keep it stable and horizontal
  • Place a towel over the top of the carrier to help calm your cat and prevent other pets in the waiting room from making direct eye contact
  • Don’t feed you cat for 5 hours before your visit so that we can entice them with treats or food. This will create a positive association for your cat whenever he/she visits us next.
  • For worried, over-anxious cats, you can pick up medication from us which provides a safe and effective low level of sedation. This may make carrier use, car travel and the entire visit to the hospital more pleasant for both you and your cat. Call us ahead of your appointment to pick up a “Calm Cat Kit”

See what we have done in the hospital to make your visit to the hospital go smoothly