June 9, 2023

Top Tips: Helping anxious cats keep calm at the vets

Written by Te Puna Vet Nurse Sarah Prior

One of the most common things we hear is owners not wanting to transport their anxious cats to the vets. Please know we are always here to help, and that bringing your cat in to see us needn’t be a stressful situation!

Below are some useful tips to aid the anxiety in your feline friends:

When setting up your pet’s cage for transportation, it’s always a good idea to add something that has a familiar smell to the cat such as a blanket they like or even one of your jackets. This will ensure they have some sense of “home” with them on their travels into the clinic.

Having the radio on quietly can also help with travel as it mimics the TV at home.

Once you place your cat in the car, ensure you have placed a towel or blanket over the cage as this will help to minimise stress levels when the car is moving.

Buckle your cats cage into the car seat as the last thing a stressed cat wants is to be sliding all around in the car on the journey.

In clinic, we have natural aids for stress support which you can also purchase over the counter prior to your trip if need be.

Safe travels and we will see you at our clinics soon.