Getting your cat to the vet can be a real challenge. When your cat is a kitten, it is much easier to train them to understand that their cat carrier is a positive place. However, if not, your cat will be hiding once the cat carrier is visible. If this is the case, it can lead to a very frantic cat and end with a negative experience for not just the cat, but you as the owner. Many owners will keep the cat carrier in the garage where it smells musty and cobwebs linger. To the owner’s dismay, that triggers a negative to the cat and they become anxious.
In order for a cat to be enthusiastic about the vet, making the cat carrier another home would be ideal. The cat carrier should be placed in your closet so that it captures the smells of you and your home for your cat to enjoy. Cats see the cat carrier as a “trap” so turning it into just a normal “cat cave” would make the cat’s experience a lot better. A good example would be keeping the carrier in a private space on a daily basis with a comfy bed or a pillow sheet that smells like you. In turn, this allows the kitty to become secure knowing that it is supposed to be a warm place to lounge around and relax. Towels and blankets could be used as a cushion. Who wants their bum to be on a rough surface! If the cat carrier is in a quiet place, the kitty will feel more relaxed and will want to sleep in the carrier.
Placing treats or cat nip, in the carrier would signal to the cat that it is a positive experience and they will want to come more often. A suggestion that the Veterinarians of Eagle Animal Hospital recommend are Feliway wipes. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. Therefore, they will trigger to the cat that there is no reason to panic and they will become relaxed. With all of these ideas in mind, pretty soon your kitty will love the vet and will want to come more often! Eagle Animal Hospital serves Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.
Written by Audrey Keruly, receptionist