If you’ve been a cat owner for long, you know how special these creatures are and how unique their needs are. At Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake, we are very familiar with these needs and how to meet them. Our goal is to help make your cat’s visits and the process of preparing your cat for their visits to our hospital as comfortable as possible.
About Our Cat Friendly Practice
We strive to provide an environment with minimal stress for your precious kitties. This includes our cat-only rooms and our staff’s special training in handling cats of all temperament levels. Our Cat Friendly Practice includes a separate, cat-only waiting room as well as a cat-only examination room with Feliway® diffusers. These diffusers have been clinically proven to help reduce tension and conflict among cats, offering a more comfortable atmosphere.
In addition to our cat-friendly environment, we pride ourselves on the highest level of medicine and surgery for our feline patients. We only use non-adjuvanted vaccines in our patients, which are safer and have fewer side effects. We also highly recommend twice yearly preventative care visits for cats of all ages. You can learn more about the benefits of a Cat Friendly Practice at www.catvets.com.
How to Create a Low-Stress Veterinary Visit for Your Cat
For some cats, the stress of going to the vet doesn’t begin when they enter the hospital; it begins at home with the carrier. Many cats dread being confined to a carrier and tend to associate it with an unpleasant, stressful experience. However, there are ways to eliminate your cat’s stress levels before bringing them to the vet, which are listed below.
- Get the carrier out days to weeks before the visit. This will allow your cat to grow accustomed to the carrier and even treat it as just a non-threatening piece of furniture.
- Put the carrier in your cat’s favorite place. Your cat will be more likely to become comfortable being near and inside the carrier when the time comes to take them to the vet.
- Put soft bedding or clothing with your scent inside the carrier along with some toys and treats. If your cat smells something familiar and comfortable while in the carrier, it will help them feel more at ease while inside of it.
- Use a synthetic pheromone inside the carrier. Advanced Pet Care of Clear Lake offers Feliway® products, which are designed to reduce stress levels in cats.
The following video provides additional information that will help your cat get acclimated to his/her carrier.