The optimal carrier for cats is sturdy with a removable top. Oftentimes, a full exam can be completed with your cat comfortably resting in the bottom half.
Make sure you have comfortable bedding in the crate to make your cat feel safe and relaxed. A non-slip mat is ideal for their comfort.
Keep your crate out at all times as part of your cat’s furniture, perhaps with the top off so they could use it as a bed. If it is not out at all times, bring it out at least two weeks prior to your planned veterinary visit.
Giving treats or providing meals in the crate can make it more comfortable. You may have to start their feeding near the crate, and gradually move it into the crate itself.
If your cat is hesitant to go inside, take the top off or place familiar smelling items in it such as a T-shirt from a favorite family member or favorite toys inside. Feliway spray or wipes can also add to the carrier’s attractiveness. Be sure to wait 10 to 15 minutes after spraying or wiping to allow the alcohol base to dissipate before placing your cat inside the sprayed carrier.
Here is a helpful video link for carriers and cats: Cats and Carriers: Friends, Not Foes
Remember cats don’t like surprises, so go slow and be patient. Stay calm, stay positive.
Cats respond better to praise than punishment or force. Using treats to reward desired behavior will create the calm you desire.
It is good to condition your kitty by taking him/her for short rides, then giving treats so they are accustomed to the car and crate
Give any prescribed anti-nausea or anti-anxiety supplements or medications as prescribed by your veterinarian. If your cat has had previous anxiety or fear issues when visiting the vet, let us know when scheduling the appointment so that we can figure out the best option for your pet.
Bring your cat in hungry because Fear Free certified veterinary team members will be handing out many small but delicious treats throughout the visit to welcome your pet, distract him from procedures and reward him for cooperation. Be sure to pack your cat’s favorite treats, especially if he is a picky eater!
You may also pack your cat’s favorite toys to make the visit more enjoyable.
Your cat should voluntarily go into a carrier or crate.
Cats should be resting comfortably in their carrier before being placed in the vehicle.
When transporting your cat in a carrier, minimize movement. If possible, support the carrier from the bottom, with one side resting against your chest, as if you are carrying a fragile gift. This helps your pet to feel more secure and ensures that he isn’t eye to eye with other animals as you walk into the lobby.
Bring all previous veterinary records to your first visit. Because of our individualized care, there are often procedures which do not need to be done. Previous records help us save your pet unnecessary treatment and you unnecessary cost, so don’t leave them on the kitchen counter!