Many cat owners avoid taking their cats to see their veterinarian. Research shows that 60% of owners say their cat hates going to the vet, and 39% admit they only go if their cat is sick. In fact, 38% of those owners report that the mere thought of taking their cats to the veterinarian is stressful.
Cats are great at hiding disease. Changes in behavior such as interaction with the family, hiding more, not climbing stairs or jumping up on countertops may be your cat’s way of saying things aren’t right.
Changes in eating and drinking behavior or rapid gain or loss of weight may indicate many different disease processes. If your cat’s breath is bad enough to chase you into the other room, it may indicate dental disease or worse.
Cats are most comfortable with the familiar, and need time to adjust to the unfamiliar. The visit to the vet is often difficult because the carrier, car and the veterinary hospital are usually unfamiliar. Respect your cat’s need for time to become familiar with new situations, people and places.
You can help your cat by making the carrier a familiar place by leaving it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time. Cats are very sensitive to smells so cleaning the box thoroughly with soap and water as opposed to disinfectants will lessen anxiety.
At Westside Pet Hospital, we minimize the stress for the both of you. We have been certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice. Through this process we have learned ways to make it easier for your cats to get the health care they need.