Bringing Your Cat to the Vet
Bringing your cat to the veterinary hospital can be stressful for both you and your cat. It starts with getting out your dusty cat carrier from the basement which inevitably causes your cat to run away and hide. Then you find yourself trying to pull your cat from underneath your bed and gently placing your cat in its carrier (or should we say “stuffing your cat in its carrier while it tries to claw his/her way out using your arm as leverage). The American Association of Feline Practitioners states that 58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian and 38% report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice. Here at Kortright Animal Hospital, we want to alleviate the stress both you and your cat endure during your vet visit and make it enjoyable not only for you, but your catAs mentioned earlier, our cat rooms are complete with cat trees, hidey-tents and comfortable fleeces, as well as Feliway diffusers. Feliway is a synthetic version of a natural feline calming pheromone that helps to reduce stress in cats. We have had great success with this product in the hospital and it is available for clients to purchase for cats that may be going through a stressful event such as moving, a new baby in the household and travelling.
Since we are very concerned about the well-being of our stressed feline patients, Kortright also offers the option of using a small dose of an anxiety-reducing medication to be given to patient
s before their appointments. This medication is generally reserved for those patients that may become difficult to handle in the hospital as it acts as a mild sedative, calming these cats that are unable to cope well with travelling to the vet. We even use this medication on our own stressed kitties. Carley and Michelle (two of our awesome veterinary technicians) have kitties, Tucker and Jimmy, respectively that enjoy a much more relaxing visit to the clinic after receiving a dose of this calming medication. The medication is not only safe, but effective for reducing the stress of your visit.
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