Does your cat hide in the back of their carrier and try to scurry away during vet examinations? It’s not uncommon for cats to get scared during vet visits, but there are several strategies you can use to make these trips a little less stressful for your favorite feline.
Here are a few ways to make vet visits less stressful for your cat!
Prioritize Carrier Comfort
Finding the right carrier can go a long way toward making vet visits much easier. First, you’ve got to have the right size—a carrier should never be more than twice the size of your cat, as larger carriers can make small cats more nervous. The materials also depend on the size of your cat—a bigger cat may demand a hard carrier, while a smaller cat can be held in a soft bag carrier if comfortable. Making sure your cat likes their carrier is the most important thing, so keep it around at home so they can get used to stepping in and out of it.
Take Your Cat for Drives
Your cat might get scared of car rides if they only associate them with trips to the vet. To get them used to being in the car, take them for a leisurely weekend drive that ends with a few of their favorite treats. This way, they won’t be so nervous about getting in the car when it’s time to drive to the vet.
Try a Leash and Harness
It might sound strange to put a cat on a leash, but keeping your cat on a leash with a comfortable harness can help them feel more in control of their surroundings (which is why they get so scared in the first place). Cats are much less likely to jump away at the sight of a vet if they’re in a harness, and who knows—they might even wind up enjoying it!
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