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Getting Your Cat Used to Going to The Vet

Thursday, June 22, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

An Asian female Veterinarian holds a cat up in her arms and strokes it’s neck gently to reassure it after an examination. She is wearing blue scrubs and has a stethoscope around her neck as she smiles down at the cat.

Every time I have to take my cat to the vet, fear comes over me. I know that going to the vet can be a very stressful situation for a cat who is used to her own home and her own people.  Here are some tips to make the situation a little easier. It’s always better to start t when your cat is a kitten if possible.

  1. Get your cat used to different people and environments early on.
  2. Use a cat leash and harness when she first goes out, even if it’s only going to the vet. Offer her treats when she gets there. Make the experience as positive as possible for her.
  3. Make sure that you get her used to her carrier ahead of time. Keep it open in the house and put a soft blanket inside for her to sleep on.
  4. Make a few practice trips to the vet with your cat. She won’t be examined but offer her treats when she gets there anyway.
  5. Get your cat used to being handled the way a vet may handle her. While you’re at home and for just a few seconds to start, get your cat used to being scruffed, having her hindquarters handled and lying on her back, so those won’t feel scary during a vet visit.

Despite all of these efforts, your cat may never get used to going to the vet. Even if the stress is reduced a little, is a big help. Most of all be patient with your cat.

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