If you have ever brought a cat to the vet, you know they’re not huge fans of the experience. This may be one reason why they come in for preventive care far less often than dogs do. In fact, Veterinary Practice News reports that feline veterinary visits for any reason average just 1.6 per year. Cats are also masters at hiding pain and illness, which means you might not realize your cat needs treatment until a disease has already reached the advanced stages.
The Purpose of Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day takes place on August 22 each year to encourage cat owners to schedule regular preventive care. Routine check-ups allow your veterinarian at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo to diagnose disease sooner as well as ensure your cat is parasite-free, at a healthy weight, and generally happy and healthy. Preventive care is always preferable to treating illness or injury after it occurs.
We recommend that cats between one and seven years old visit us annually for a comprehensive exam. Kittens require several appointments during their first year while older pets should have at least bi-annual monitoring for common health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Our veterinarian will look your cat over from head to tail for any signs of problems that may have developed since his last appointment. We will inform you of anything we discover and discuss the treatment options immediately.
We will also make sure your cat is up-to-date on her immunizations. If not, we will give them to her at this appointment. It’s a good time to discuss any behavior concerns you have about your cat as well. A marked changed in behavior can indicate a serious health issue and not necessarily a cat just being naughty. We are happy to provide behavioral guidance to help you have an even better relationship with your cat.
How to Get Your Cat to the Vet Peacefully
Most cats dislike rides in the car and associate the sight of the cat carrier with this experience. Bringing the carrier out minutes before the appointment could cause your cat to run and hide. We recommend placing it in a location your cat can see and smell it a day or two before it’s time to come and see us. Your cat can rub up against it to his heart’s content and walk in and out of it as well.
If you have a particularly anxious feline, you may want to consider spraying pheromone in the carrier shortly before it’s time to go. Toys, blankets, and her favorite treat may also entice her to enter the carrier willingly. Try going for a short car ride the day before your appointment and praise your cat for any cooperation that she gives you.
We understand your cat might hide or act aggressively despite your best efforts. However, our staff will treat her with respect and speak calmly as soon as you arrive at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. That, along with knowing you’re right there with her, should help make the appointment go well. If we haven’t seen your cat in a while, please call 651-770-3250 to schedule a preventive care exam or click here to complete an appointment request. We look forward to seeing you and your cat, even if it’s not on August 22!