At a glance
- Teach the cat to accept being examined from an early age
- Accustomise the cat to the carrier by turning it into a comfy den
- Take the cat to the veterinarian for hello visits
- Use a Fear Free or Cat Friendly practice
- Use synthetic pheromones
- Book a home visit
- See the same veterinarian
- Speak to the veterinarian about sedatives
Visiting the veterinarian is a stressful event for both cat and carer but it doesn’t have to be. One study conducted by Bayer and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) found that 52% of cat owners in the United States had not taken their cat to the veterinarian in the past year, 38% of cat owners get stressed at the thought of a veterinary visit and 58% of owners believe their cat hates visiting the veterinarian.
Cats who do not receive regular (annual or bi-annual) wellness checks are at increased risk of common age-related diseases such as cancer, chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism progressing unnoticed until the cat is in an advanced stage of the disease. Cats are hardwired to hide symptoms of pain or discomfort, which makes it difficult for pet owners to pick up changes in the early stages and it can also be hard to notice changes because we are with our cats every day. One veterinary oncologist said that she hadn’t noticed her cat had lost weight, until her mother in law commented on it.
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