Millions of people across the country have cats as pets, but many cat owners skip recommended veterinary visits because they can be equally taxing for felines and humans. While keeping your cat indoors can help him or her live a healthy, long life, regular preventive checkups are also essential to your animal's well-being, especially as he or she ages and becomes more vulnerable to dental disease, arthritis and diabetes. Below, you will find some tips to make trips to the vet's office less stressful for you and your cat.
Get Kitty Accustomed to his Carrier
Before your next vet visit (to animal hospitals like Babylon Animal Hospital), try to get your cat used to the idea of sitting in her carrier. Start by leaving the carrier open, with a treat inside. Be sure that the carrier is roomy enough to allow your cat to comfortably move around; let him come and go as he pleases. By forming positive associations with the pet carrier, you and your cat will avoid difficulties when it's time to go to the vet. If you need more tips on keeping your cat safe in her carrier, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has a very informative brochure to read.
Find a Vet Specializing in Cat Care
Choosing the right veterinarian is just as difficult as choosing the right physician. Fortunately, some vets make the choice easier, because they focus on cats. Other, general veterinarians help to reduce feline stress by setting up separate waiting areas for dogs and cats. Ask the AAFP where you can find a vet who meets those requirements.
Be Ready and Informed When you Get to the Veterinary Office
Before leaving for the vet's office, be sure to write down any concerns and questions you have about your cat's behavior or health. By writing down a list of questions, you'll be ready to make the most of the visit. Between office visits, however, you can give your cat quick exams to remain updated on what's happening with his or her body. Jot down any concerns that come up, and discuss them with your vet during the next office visit.
Are you Concerned About Veterinary Care Costs?
If the cost of cat care is a concern, you should realize that preventive care can save you a significant amount over treating a condition that has already arisen. Most communities have resources that help low-income pet owners afford veterinary care, as well. By taking steps to make vet visits less stressful, and by not delaying care based on finances, you and your cat can have a healthy, long and happy life together.