Many cats find visits to the vets stressful but there are some things that can be done to make it a more enjoyable experience for you and your feline friends
1) Choose a cat carrier that completely unzips, or where the top can be completely removed. This allows them to be slowly exposed and lifted out if necessary, rather than being dragged out a front opening box.
2) Make the carrier a part of the furniture. Leave it in the living room with the front/top open and place their favourite toys, treats or catnip inside, so they are intrigued to go inside. Don’t just get it out when you know you need to take them to the vets.
3) Try to get them to enter the carrier voluntarily by using their normal bed, treats and toys inside.
4) On the day of the visit, spray a feline facial pheromone spray (such as Feliway) inside the carrier 30 minutes before you leave to help keep them calm.
5) When in the car, secure the carrier on the floor, or on a seat with the seatbelt fastened.
6) When you get to the vets, raise the carrier off the floor by placing it on the seats or on an elevated shelf if available. Consider covering the carrier with a blanket or towel.
7) If you know your cat is becoming stressed while waiting for your appointment, let the reception team know, and they may be able to move you to a quieter area of the practice.