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CATS NEED VETS TOO!

I know it can be a challenge to get your finicky feline to the vet!


If I can't see them, then they don't see me, and they won't take me to the vet!



But did you know that almost 80% of my In-Home Pet Nursing is for cats?? 
Partly because cats tend to get stressed out the minute they see their carrier out, the car ride itself, and the drive to and from the vet office. Once they arrive at the vet they are also subject to more stress such as waiting in the reception area until a room opens up, (Often with other pets..... dogs!) Not all kitties like dogs! and into an exam room, then possibly even into the treatment room for needed procedures. That is 3 or 4 major stresses right there having to acclimate to a different room each time. It's been studied and shown that cats take approximately 20 minutes to acclimate to a new room. That means each time they are just about to get comfy in their surroundings we take them to a new room and they get to try to acclimate again! At the clinic that I work at we take every measure to assure our feline friends have the most comfortable visit that they can. We try whenever possible to get them directly into an exam room from the minute they walk through the front door. We also let them come out of their carrier on the floor on their own. We spray "Feliway" which is a natural feramone that provides a calming effect, in the room as well as have treats, toy mice, laser lights and catnip. We also try to do procedures such as blood draws right in the exam room so we don't have to take them out of the room they just became comfortable in. There are circumstances beyond our control that prevent us from staying in the room for everything, such as Ultrasound and X Rays. 
 So if cats aren't getting to the vet because it's too stressful for them as well as mom and dad, what does that mean?
Unfortunately that means that many are NOT getting important health care that they need! Cats are professionals at hiding their illnesses, often until it is far advanced and UN-treatable. This can have devastating consequences and really affect how much treatment your veterinarian can offer.
Do I think if people had calm and non-stressed kitties that they'd go to the vet more often? YES! I DO! 

So what do you do?
Well, first off, STOP HIDING THE CAR CARRIER! If the only time you ever saw your car in the driveway was if it were to take you to the scariest place you know of, would you be afraid of it?  Would you want to see it? A nifty little trick is to try to keep it out in the open. Just leave it out just like any other piece of furniture in your house. Throw some treats inside it. Keep the door open at all times. Pretty soon your feline friends will no longer be afraid of it and it will be super easy to get them inside for the ride to the vet. 



Below are some super helpful links and a video to further educate feline owners on getting kitty to like the carrier (going to the vet is usually a big problem when you can't get them into their carrier!)


The top reasons we see cats in the clinic (and sometimes to late to treat)
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Advanced Periodontal disease
  • Heart failure
  • Cancer
Let's make it a priority to get our Cats to the Vet before any of these problems strike!!




Feline Friendly Website: www.catalystcouncil.com
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