One of the main reasons cats do not receive the appropriate veterinary care is due to transportation. Not only is the experience stressful for the cat, but it can be for the owner as well. At The Pet Clinic, we recognize those concerns. There are some ways we can help, and your feline friend can come see us stress free!
We are on a mission to become a Cat Friendly Practice. This is a certification by the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners). We are trying to do everything in our power to make your experience with us positive. In an effort to start this movement, we have put together a list of tips to de-stress your cat's trip to the vet office.
1. Bring your cat in a carrier.
We have had cats get scared setting in their owners laps, and scratch the owner, tear down the food display in the lobby and frighten other patients. This is not a good experience. A carrier protects your cats (the dogs that don't like cats have to come to the vet too!), and it also protects you (we don't want you leaving with cat scratches). For that reason it is our clinic policy. Don't have a carrier? Call us from your car, and we will bring one to you, already constructed, for a small fee.
2. Utilize cat friendly waiting areas.
We have many options for cats that are waiting for their appointment. Like we said before, those big dogs that don't like cats have to come see us too, and we don't want Fluffy to have a run in with them! For that reason we created some waiting area options. You can call us from your car when you arrive, and we will come get you when the doctor is ready to see you. We can escort your cat directly to our cat quiet area while you wait in the lobby. We also have cat friendly hours, that are purrfect for wellness exams. During these hours, we only see cats (unless there is an emergency) and it makes the environment less stressful while you are waiting to see the doctor.
3. Make the visit smell better.
Cats can smell the pheromones of other cats. Whenever you get home and your cat is rubbing its body on you? That is how they spread their facial pheromones. The same goes from some scratching, they are marking their territory. There are synthetic copies of this pheromone available through your veterinarian that can be used to make their transport more pleasant. These pheromones come in diffusers (great for daily at home use), sprays (add it to the towel in the bottom of their carrier) and wipes (can be used to wipe down their entire carrier). Humans cannot smell these, but cats can, and it provides a calming effect, that make the experience better for your cat. We also use these in the clinic while handling your pet.
We hope you find these tips helpful to make your trip to see us even better! If you ever have any questions or concerns, just give us a call, that's what we are here for!