August 22nd may very well be one of Fluffy’s least favorite days of the year: it’s Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! Proper veterinary care is crucial to your feline pal’s health and well-being, but Fluffy isn’t entirely onboard. Those appointments can be quite stressful for kitties! That’s why we’ve gone Fear Free. We do everything we can on our end to help our furry patients feel safe and comfortable. There are also some things you can do! A Seminole, FL veterinarian goes over some of them below.
If possible, play with Fluffy before her appointment. She’ll be a little calmer after a good kitty workout. Even a few minutes of chasing that little red dot may calm her.
Helping your kitty establish a positive connection with her carrier can also make a difference. Leave it out between appointments, and put some comfy bedding in it. Giving your furball toys, treats, and catnip in it may also help. (You can also try just telling Fluffy to stay out of it.)
Does Fluffy get extremely nervous on car rides? Ask your vet about calming products, such as treats and pheromone sprays. (Word to the wise: don’t use the spray outdoors during lovebug season.)
The car ride over is more stressful for many kitties than their actual appointments are! Play some soothing music, and crack the window.
This one is really important! You want a vet that you can form a long-term relationship with, one that will help your feline buddy through all of her life stages, and one you know will always provide both excellent care and empathy. (We have to toot our own horn a bit here, as we’re devoted to offering top-notch service on both counts. That’s why we’re so dedicated to going Fear Free: it really proclaims our devotion to making appointments easy not just on you, but also on your cat.)
The frequency and timeliness of your feline pal’s appointments also comes into play here. If your furball seems ill, don’t wait to see if it resolves: make an appointment immediately. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a huge difference. The sooner an issue is treated, the better!
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your local Seminole, FL pet hospital, today!