How to Bring Your Cat to the Vet

| February 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

Rags in Carrier at Vet

Some would think it’s not a big deal how to bring your cat to the vet. However, bringing your cat to the vet can be a somewhat traumatic experience for you cat. And if you aren’t careful with your approach to this endeavor, it can also end up being a traumatic experience for you. That is, if your cat ends up acting up and making you feel awkward!

You should bring your cat to your vet’s office in a carrier. This is not only for your kitty’s safety, but also for your own. When cats go to the vet, they are usually anxious and scared of the new place and will often use their claws to get out of your hands or to hold on tighter–this is an essential part of how to bring your cat to the vet.

You can be seriously injured while holding a cat in your arms if she or he should become upset. The smells and unfamiliarity of a veterinary clinic can produce a lot of stress and there is always the potential for a cat to become agitated. When cats are frightened, they sometimes become aggressive in defense.

Carriers are important part of giving your cat a safe haven on a trip to the vet or on any trip for that matter, another essential part in how to bring your cat to the vet. Cats always like to position themselves so that they can see everything, but still be hidden. Therefore, a plastic carrier with holes and a grate door are ideal for cats as they allow them the protection and the views they desire. The carriers that you can unscrew the top of the carrier from the bottom and have access to your cat are the best. That way, the cat feels comforted because she or he hasn’t been pulled out of the carrier. The stress is less!

Controlling your cat’s exposure to other cats that are ill is another good reason to have your cat confined. Keep your cat away from other cats and off the floor will help decrease your cat’s stress and exposure to illness.

Once your cat is in the exam room, let your vet take your cat from the carrier and do all the handling. Even the sweetest cat at home can become frightened and subsequently aggressive at the vet office. That’s actually that they are supposed to do, given the circumstances. Your vet has been trained to interpret and anticipate this sort of behavior and knows how to react to it.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Natasha says:

    When you take your cat to the vets,is there a way to make the basket more relaxing and pleasant,to avoid the nightmare of getting scratched to death and practically having your ears damaged from all the screeching?

    • Jenny says:

      What do you mean? The basket? The carrier? My mom uses these carriers – that you can take apart, so you don’t have to touch the kitty at all. And actually our vet recommends that the owner NOT remove the kitty from the carrier, rather the vet tech does. Take a look at this video and let me know if you think these carriers might work out better for you:

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