Transporting Your Nervous and Stressed Cat to the Vet [PDF]

June 2nd, 2015 by Daniel Mudrick

Stress-Free Travel

Do you dread bringing your kitty to the veterinarian? And as much as you worry about getting your cat into the carrier and sitting through her mournful meows in the car … you know your poor nervous cat is having an even worse time of it.

We have some great suggestions to help ease your cat’s anxiety next time it’s time for a visit to the clinic. With these suggestions, travel and vet visits should become a much less stressful experience.
Stressed Cat in carrier

Leave Your Cat Carrier Out a Few Days Before Travelling

You can even place food, treats, and toys in the carrier to build a positive association. Let your cat come and go as he or she pleases.Clarkson Animal Hospital Mississauga

 Pet Your Cat Near the Carrier

Keep building that positive association with food, attention, and fun.
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 Use Feliway 15 Minutes Before Leaving

Feliway is a pheromone treatment that helps calm cats. You can use the spray (as shown) or the ‘wipes’ in the carrier to make the carrier feel more like home. It is important to apply the Feliway at least 15 minutes before you place your cat in the carrier.Feliway

Don’t Put Your Cat Carrier in the Front Seat of the Car

Try to keep the carrier level and safety secured in the back seat.

If the carrier is placed so it’s tilting backward, your cat will slide to the back and have trouble keeping his or her balance.

However, if the carrier is level and well-secured, your cat will be much happier!

Cat Carrier position tips

If Your Cat Is Still Nervous, Use a Calming Supplement or Medication

The supplement Zylkene or medication Gabapentin are commonly used to help anxious kitties cope with the stress of the trip. This combination will have even the most upset cat calm and happier. Talk to your vet about these amazing options!

With these suggestions, we hope you’ll be able to make vet visits and travel less stressful for you and your feline friend. Our goal is “Stress-Free Visits”.

pdf-logo We encourage you to download our free PDF, which goes into more detail about calming and transporting nervous cats. Click here!

>> Please contact us if you have any questions at all about helping to take the stress away from your cat!

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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