Taking your cat to the vet can be a stressful experience for both you and your pet. If the idea of coaxing your cat into a carrier and transporting him or her to the Vet fills you with fear, panic not. Here are four ways to make the journey that little bit easier.
- Practice Makes Perfect
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to transport your pet? Forcing your pet into an unfamiliar space is never going to be easy so make an effort to familiarise your pet with the carrier in the weeks running up to your visit. This way, by the time you visit the Vet, it will be a well-practised thing that your pet will feel comfortable with. Make the concept more attractive to your pet by placing familiar items that your pet associates with comfort in the cage. This makes the whole process less daunting and encourages your cat to visit the cage regularly on the days before the trip.
- Ask for Help
Taking your pet to the Vet doesn’t have to be a solitary task. Enlist the help of a friend for moral support. Rather than bringing the carrier to the cat, pick up your cat and take him or her to it. If you make an advance towards your cat with a carrier can cause your pet to panic and as a result you could end up chasing your pet around your house and missing your appointment altogether. When placing your cat in the carrier, make sure he is facing you as putting him in head-first into a dark carrier can cause distress. Like any other outing, make sure that you cat is wearing a name tag. If you don’t have one, you can buy one online from somewhere like Collars and Tags. Once you have put the carrier in the car, cover it with a blanket to reduce visual stimulation. Vet practises can often be busy places and this will help to keep your cat calm.
- Take Treats
As a pet owner, it is important to create the illusion that the vet is a fun place. One way to associate the Vet with something positive is to take treats with you to reward your cat.
Animals pick up on human emotions and if you are stressed out at the prospect of taking your pet to the Vet, the chances are your pet will sense it. Relax and make the trip easier on the both of you.