For most cats, going to the veterinarian can be a stressful ordeal. But regular annual exams and vaccine boosters are essential to maintaining your cat’s health. As a caring owner, you can take steps before, during and after vet visits to keep your cat as comfortable as possible.
First, schedule an appointment at a time when the vet clinic is less noisy and busy, usually earlier in the day. Familiarize your cat with the carrier in advance, and spray it with pheromones to ease anxiety. Bring familiar bedding and your cat’s favorite treats. These steps reduces tension before you leave home.
During the exam, be an active voice for your cat. Alert staff to signs of stress like dilated pupils, crying or cowering. Request handling your cat first to minimize wait time. Ask about supplements if bloodwork shows hypertension. Stay positive and calm with your words and body language. Cats sense our emotions intensely.
After the appointment, go home and immediately let your cat decompress in a safe space with food, water and litter nearby. Give prescribed medication in a soothing manner. Monitor for abnormalities from vaccines. Provide extra play sessions and affection to renew your bond after the disruption of a vet visit.
While vet care induces temporary stress for cats, attending yearly checkups prevents larger issues over time. With some planning and TLC, you can make this necessity as smooth and comfortable for your feline companion as possible. The reward is having your treasured friend remain by your side, full of purrs and playful kitten energy!