Hello dedicated readers,
Bella here. I’m back from my summer vacation at Key West, where I spent my time eating tuna, lounging under my umbrella, and chasing lizards. It’s August, and since your children/nieces/nephews/ grandchildren are all back in school, it’s time to get Fluffy back to the vet for her yearly check-up or to find out why she’s been refusing to eat her favorite food lately. While we do see lots of stinky canines at my animal hospital, I want to let you know we love cats and want to see even more of them. I know how it goes… you pull out the cat carrier and we head for our best hiding spot. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few tips that should make going to the vet less stressful for everyone involved.
- Prep the carrier: Don’t just toss your fur baby into the carrier and think you’ll ever be able to do that again without getting reminded how much we hate it (bite! scratch!). Leave the carrier out several weeks before the visit, if possible, and spray or wipe it down with FELIWAY®. FELIWAY® is a synthetic copy of a facial pheromone that conveys a message of security and reassurance, which we could all use. The humans here sell the wipes for $1.67 + tax/ wipe. Recently, one of our clients couldn’t get his cat, Jenny, into the carrier until he used several of the wipes, and to great success!
- Practice rides: once you get your fur baby into the carrier, take her on practice rides. Place a towel with FELIWAY® over the carrier, buckle the carrier into the back seat, and take a short drive. Reward him with treats! Do this a few times before the annual visit and it should be less scary for your fur baby. Never leave him or her unattended in the car. Cars get deadly hot quickly.
- Set up your appointment: when you arrive at Tri-County Small Animal Hospital, the humans here will whisk you and your cat through the building’s cat entrance into the feline exam room where they have the FELIWAY® diffuser plugged in. They will cover your carrier with a towel sprayed with FELIWAY®, toss some treats in, and crank up the iCalmCat® tunes.
I hope this information will make it easier to get your fur baby to my animal hospital. If you practice the first two tips throughout the year, it’ll be less scary when you do come in for a visit.
Peace and love to all creatures great and small,