Helpful Information for Cat Owners
Whether your feline is fun, fancy, or finicky-or maybe a combination of the three-owning a cat is truly a privilege. Cats are special creatures with unique needs. At our hospital in East Sonora, we understand these needs, which is why we implement several cat-friendly techniques with our services. Using these techniques allows us to make veterinary visits as stress-free as possible for our feline patients. Some of the techniques we use include:
- Use of pheromones to create a calming effect
- Gentle handling methods
- Separate “cats only” exam room
What we do in our hospital is only part of what’s involved in helping your cat have a pleasant veterinary experience. The other part involves what you do at home. This page provides valuable information to help you prepare your feline companion for her trip and time at the vet.
The cat carrier. It has been the cause of stress for both cats AND owners for decades, but it doesn’t have to be. Many cats are actually attracted to small, contained spaces like boxes and cubby holes. But being forced into a confined carrier, then transported somewhere in that carrier is a very different experience—one that can result in fear and anxiety. That’s why it’s so important to gradually acclimate your cat to her carrier. Consider the following tips:
- Leave the carrier out in the open long before you have to use it: This will help your cat recognize the carrier as a piece of furniture instead of associating it with an unpleasant experience.
- Place treats and/or toys in the carrier: This serves as a means of positive reinforcement every time your cat enters the carrier on her own, which will then encourage her to return to it willingly. It will also help her associate the carrier with something positive–food and fun!
- Take short drives: Before making the full drive from your home to our cat hospital in East Sonora, drive around your neighborhood for a few minutes first. Then, return home. Do this several weeks before your cat’s appointment and gradually increase the driving time every few days.
If you would like more information on how to acclimate your cat to her carrier or any other cat-related topics, give us a call at 209-432-9437. We’ll be happy to help.