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Is your cat shy? Follow these steps to make vet visits easier.

If it’s been a year or more since your cat had a check-up, it’s time to get her to the vet.  Here are some tips* to make the veterinary visits more pleasant for you and your cat:

  • Start with a carrier that is easy to take your cat in and out of (top-loading carriers work best.)
  • Help your cat be more comfortable in the car by using the carrier and taking shorter rides to places other than the veterinary clinic.
  • Avoid feeding your cat for several hours before riding in the car (cats travel better on an empty stomach.)
  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats and toys with you to the veterinary clinic.
  • Practice regular care routines at home, like grooming, nail trimming and teeth brushing.
  • Pretend to do routine veterinary procedures with your cat, like touching the cat’s face, ears, feet and tail.
  • Give your cat and the veterinary healthcare team a chance to interact in a less stressful situation by taking your cat to the clinic for a weight check, rather than only for exams and procedures.

BONUS: Check out these products specially designed to help calm your stressed-out pet during vet visits, car rides, and thunderstorms.    

Feliway

HomeoPet Anxiety Relief

Thundershirt

*These tips are available at our office in the Pet Owner Guide “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?” from BI Vetmedica.

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This article was originally published on June 20, 2011. 

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     If you’re among the millions of people who will be relocating to a new neighborhood, city, or country this year, you may be wondering how to make the transition smooth for your pet.

     Veterinary Pet Insurance has gathered helpful tips in its booklet “Helping Your Pet Adjust to New Situations,” available at our office. Click on the picture below for easy reading or ask us to send you a copy of the full brochure.

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