Bringing your cat to the vets
Bringing your cat into the vets can be a very stressful event for both you and your furry friend. There are a few ways in which the stress and anxiety experienced by your cat during a visit to the vet can be reduced, many of which can begin at home.
Prior planning is important in making your visit to the practice as stress free as possible, although this may not always be possible in the case of emergency appointments.
On arrival at the practice:
It is always best to let your cat come out of their basket in their own time – avoid tipping the basket if possible. If you have a basket that is top opening or can be taken apart this is preferable as it allows your cat to be removed carefully with minimal stress. Occasionally we can carry out an examination with your cat sitting in the bottom of its carrier where it feels most secure, however this may not always be possible.
Allowing your cat time to acclimatise to its surroundings is important in reducing the amount of stress experienced by your pet. Our consultations are at least 15 minutes long which allows adequate time for your cat to settle in the consulting room before the examination begins.
All of our consulting rooms have Feliway® diffusers in them to help to keep your cat calm. Our staff are trained in ‘cat-friendly’ handling guidelines set out by the International Society of Feline Medicine. ‘Cat-friendly’ handling aims to reduce unnecessary stress caused by inappropriate handling techniques. When handling cats during examinations or procedures such as blood sampling, a ‘less is more’ approach to handling is best.
If your cat has been into the practice for an operation, we would advise keeping your cat separate from any other cats in the household for 24 hours. Your cat will take 24-48 hours to fully recover from the anaesthetic so it is good idea to give them somewhere quiet and private to recover. This also allows time for the residual anaesthetic gases to dissipate – cats have a very sensitive noses and the strange smell may be stressful to the other cats in the household and may even trigger aggressive behaviours. Slow reintroduction is essential and should always be supervised. If you bring a towel from home when you collect your cat, you can use the towel to gently rub over your cat’s body – this makes your cat smell like home again and will help when reintroducing your cat to others in the house.
We are fortunate at Clockhouse Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented & enthusiastic staff.
We know how important your animals are to you & we strive to make sure your pet’s live long, enjoyable and happy lives.
We are proud to offer you a full range of veterinary services & Facilities to ensure your pet stays happy and healthy
If you need to see or speak to a vet outside opening hours, please call the emergency appointment number on: 01453 752555.