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3 Dos & Don'ts when visiting the vet with the cat


A visit to the vet is pure stress for most cats. Strange examinations, a scary treatment table, strange hands - such a trip to the doctor can also be really uncomfortable and tear the fur noses out of their beloved routine. As a cat owner, it is your responsibility to make the visit to the vet with the velvet paw as pleasant as possible. Read more about the local dos and don'ts here. "So Mistress is relaxed, the strange man seems to be very nice - then we'll get it over with," thinks this cat at the vet - Shutterstock / Olena Yakobchuk

There are many pitfalls when visiting the vet with the cat, which will be discussed in more detail below. At the same time, there are also various options and tricks that you can use for each individual station of the vet visit to ensure that your room tiger does not become anxious and panicky, whether on the way, in the waiting room or during the examination.

1. Drive to the vet

Do not: If you don't transport your kitty in a transport box on the way to the vet, you risk both your cat's life and your own. A cat sitting in the car just like that can be thrown through the whole car in an accident. There is also a risk that it will suddenly jump onto your lap while you are driving and become inattentive.

Do: Always transport your cat in the car in a safe cat transport box. Fasten these with the seat belt or take someone with you to hold the basket in place while driving. It is important that your cat does not associate any negative things with the transport box. It is best to get your salon lion used to the box. Treats and a cozy blanket inside are recommended.

2. In the waiting room

Do not: The waiting room can sometimes cause more stress than the treatment room. There are other animals that are probably not exactly relaxed and especially dogs that your kitty might be afraid of and in the worst case there is a tense and at the same time boring mood. Therefore, never let your cat out of its box - it could, for example, panic or even get into a fight with fellow species, dogs or other animals.

Do: Create a relaxed mood by exuding calm and serenity. Cats have an incredible feeling for moods and accept them masterfully. If you are calm and relaxed yourself, your fur nose will also become more relaxed. The kitty must stay in her transport box. Tip: turn it so that your cat can see you and not the big dog sitting opposite. When your kitty sees that everything is fine with you, she feels more comfortable herself.

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3. In the treatment room

Do not: Don't just give your cat to someone for treatment. If you leave your velvet paw alone with strangers, she will certainly be very scared. Also, when you go along, you shouldn't feel sorry for your "crying" cat, as this increases anxiety. Pity and encouragement confirm your kitty in her fears that something is wrong and that there is danger if even you seem worried.

Do: Be calm and confident in the treatment room, just behave normally, as always. Your cat should feel at all times that you are with her and that everything is fine. Depending on what the veterinarian does, you can also help actively and hold or fix the patient, for example. A relaxed basic radiance is essential during the examination and treatment.