Unlike some dogs, many cats are not big fans of traveling. Their heightened senses and an unfamiliar territory can make then nervous and stressed. Being prepared for a trip to see us can make them feel more at ease with the journey.
The best carrier for your cat will be one that is made of sturdy plastic and has proper ventilation. A front door and removable top are also ideal. To get them comfortable with the idea of the carrier, place it in a quiet area where your cat spends a lot of time with the door open.
Your goal is to get your cat to think of the carrier as a safe space and not something that they should be afraid of. This will make putting them inside the carrier a lot easier. To make your cat feel even more at ease, place some clothing with your scent inside, as well as some toys, treats, and soft bedding.
If your cat is typically nervous, think about using Feliway or a calming collar.
Cats can get motion sickness while traveling, so avoid feeding them a few hours before you leave to reduce this. Once you’ve placed them inside their carrier, placing a towel over it can help calm their nerves. When you depart, reduce noise such as music and honking while making sure to drive smoothly. Their sense of hearing is four times sharper than a human, so keeping everything as quiet as possible will help greatly. Instead of listening to music, try talking to them. Your voice can be calming and reassuring!
Once you’ve arrived at our waiting room, sit as far away as possible from the dogs and keep the towel draped over the carrier. If possible, put the carrier on a table or chair rather than the ground. Also, ask us about being placed straight into the cat-only exam room.
When you’re placed in the exam room, open the front door of the carrier and let your cat come out on their own so they can explore the area. These can be stressful times for them, but we do our best to keep that stress to a bare minimum.
We know that bringing your cat in for a visit can be a bit of a difficult task, but we’ll do our best to work with you so they can get the proper treatment needed to stay happy and healthy. Contact us to learn more about kitty transport, or to book an appointment.