Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's Take Your Cat To The Veterinarian Day - August 22nd, 2014!

Friday August 22nd, 2014 is Take Your Cat To The Veterinarian Day!

Might I suggest Manhattan Cat Specialists if you are in New York City.  212-721-2287 for an appointment.

Did you know that approximately 10% of pets presented to veterinary clinics for annual check-ups have some underlying disease or abnormality? Most of these pets appear normal on their physical examination, and therefore any abnormalities go undetected without a wellness health screen. That's why I recommend a physical examination for your feline twice a year for life.


Here are four tips to get your cat to the veterinarian provided by the Humane Society:

 

1. Get your cat used to his carrier

Well before the day of the vet visit, try leaving the carrier out with the door open and a tasty treat inside. Make sure the carrier is large enough for your cat to move around comfortably. Let him rest inside the carrier and then leave when he wants to. Positive experiences with the carrier beforehand can help avert the notorious mad dash for a hiding spot whenever the carrier appears. Consider using a calming spray, such as Feliway®, in the carrier at least 30 minutes before your trip to the vet.

 

2. Find a cat-friendly veterinarian

It's not always easy to choose the right veterinarian. Thankfully, some vets focus exclusively on cats.

 

3. Praise your cat for a job well done

Verbal praise, treats in the carrier and gentle stroking will help to reassure your cat that she is loved and safe—and will survive this important and necessary trip.

 

4. Arrive at the veterinarian's office prepared and informed

Before you leave for the vet, write down any questions or concerns that you may have about your cat's health or behavior so you are ready make the most of your visit.  Between vet visits, give your cat regular, simple exams to keep in touch with what's going on with his body. Keep a list of any questions or concerns that come up during these exams so you can discuss them the next time you see the veterinarian.

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