When did your cat last visit the vet?

Did you know that cats are much less likely to be taken to the vet than dogs?
Preventative health care is just as important for your cat as it is for your dog – this includes vaccinations, checking the teeth and a general physical exam!
One reason why many owners are more reluctant to bring their cat to the vet is that they are worried the visit will cause their cat stress.
Here are some suggestions on how to make your cat feel more comfortable when coming to the vet:
- At home, turn the carrier into a hiding hole or cat bed, so your cat does not associate it only with vet visits
- Use a carrier that can be opened from above, so your cat can stay inside while being examined
- Spray Feliway pheromone on the carrier and bedding shortly prior to use
- During transport, cover the carrier with a towel to reduce visual stimuli from the outside world
- Mention your concern to the veterinary receptionist. It may be possible to ensure the booking is made when no dogs are around or you for you to be taken straight into a consult room.
If you need help or advice don't hesitate to contact Uni Vet Camden.
Written by Jana Schader - Final Year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney.

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