For Future Visits:
- Use familiar bedding or clothing with your scent, as it retains the smell of home and helps with reintroduction.
- Use a synthetic feline pheromone (Feliway?).
- Bring both cats to the veterinary practice together. This can prevent future conflict as both cats will carry the scent of the clinic.
What Type of Carriers are Best?
The best carriers are inexpensive hard-sided carriers that open from the top and the front, and can also be taken apart in the middle. An easily removable top allows a cat that is fearful, anxious, or in pain to stay in the bottom half of the carrier for exams. Your veterinarian can often do the exam in the bottom of a well-designed carrier. Avoid carriers that require a cat to be pulled from or dumped out for an exam. Choose carriers that are sturdy, secure, and stable for the cat, as well as easy for you to carry. Carriers should be seat-belted into the car to keep your cat safer and to reduce the bumpiness of the ride. Some cats like to see out, whereas others are less anxious when the carrier is covered with a blanket or towel to prevent seeing the unfamiliar.
You are an important member of your cat’s healthcare team. You can be instrumental in helping your cat have more relaxed veterinary visits and improved healthcare.
We wish to thank CEVA Animal Health Inc. for sponsoring this document. To access the full guidelines document, please view the PDF here.