Cats are the most popular domestic pet in the United States with 86.4 million client owned cats compared to 78.2 million client owned dogs. Despite this fact, nationwide cats account for only 15% of all patients seen by animal hospitals. As the largest Reno Animal Hospital we’ve come to realize that one of the main reasons for this is because cat owners feel that visits to the veterinarian are too stressful for cats, we’re here to tell you that with proper preparation a trip to your Reno Animal Hospital is no more stressful for a cat than it is for a dog.
This video covers how you should, and shouldn’t, prepare your cat for a trip to the Reno Animal Hospital.
• When interacting with your cat at home you should handle them in the same manor the veterinarians at your Reno Animal Hospital will by touching their face, ears, feet, and tail regularly. You should also engage in regular care for your cat such as brushing them, trimming their nails, and cleaning their teeth.
• Getting your cat ready for a visit to the veterinarian should begin long before their actual visit. You’ll want to leave their cat carrier out for several days before their appointment so they have a chance to get familiar with it. In an ideal world you would be able to make your cat carrier a regular part of your home décor.
• Help get your cat comfortable in their carrier by placing treats, blankets, toys, and/or a favorite person’s clothing inside of it. This will help create a familiar environment for your cat by surrounding them with familiar scents. If desired, you can also spray Feliway inside of the carrier, which is a synthetic pheromone that helps to calm cats before trips to Reno Animal Hospitals.
• Prepare your cat for the car ride to the veterinarian by gently coaxing them into the carrier and then covering it with a favorite blanket. Whenever you take your cat to the veterinarian the need to be in a carrier and never place the carrier in an area of the car with airbags. If you want to make this process easier, try taking your cat for short car rides periodically to keep them familiar with the process.
If you follow these four steps, which are covered in this video, you will find that the process of taking your cat to the vet becomes much easier. If you need any additional advice on how to best prepare your cat for a visit to the veterinarian then please contact us. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you get your cat ready for their next check-up!
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