Managing Anxiety in Cats
Both you and your veterinarian can take many steps to make your cat’s visit less stressful
TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY DURING YOUR CAT’S VETERINARY HOSPITAL VISIT: Some cats become anxious when being transported to see their veterinarian and this in turn is stressful for you as their loving owner. However, there are many things both you and your veterinarian can do to make these visits as pleasant as possible.
- Always transport your cat to the hospital in a carrier. Try keeping the carrier open in your home with a favourite blanket, toy or treats in it. This allows your cat to become accustomed to the carrier and to see it as a comfortable place. After a few weeks of this practice, try getting your cat into the carrier to take a short car ride. Do this several times until anxiety around the carrier and car rides subsides. This should help prepare for your visit to our veterinary hospital.
- Spray the carrier with Feliway©, which mimics the pheromone that cats produce with their chin gland. When cats rub their chin on a favourite object, they are leaving a ‘this is a good thing” message. Feliway© helps re-create this message.
- Cover the carrier during transportation so your cat is less likely to be startled and less likely to become motion sick.
- Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital is proud to be ‘Feline Friendly’. On arrival, you will be shown into our “Cat-Only” exam room, which is free from the aroma of dogs that could potentially startle your pet during the consultation. Allow your pet to roam and explore while you are waiting. This helps your cat acclimatize to the room (which we spray with Feliway© regularly).
- When examining your cat, we proceed slowly, allowing your pet to adapt to being handled by someone new!
- Afterwards, we spray your pet’s carrier with Feliway© to make the trip home pleasant.
- Should your pet need hospitalization, he/she will have a private compartment with a soft fleece in a “Cat-Only” ward. We continue to provide relaxed, gentle handling and avoid cats having even visual contact with dogs as much as possible.
- We get cats on their way home as soon as possible to avoid anxiety from a prolonged stay.
In short, we take special care to make your cat’s visit pleasant and stress-free.
Do not hesitate to contact us or book an appointment online if you have questions or concerns about your pet’s care.