Rampant Vet Visits

A few preventive measures can make visits to the veterinarian more pleasant for everyone.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Posted: Tue Jul 12 00:00:00 PDT 2005

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My husband was a lion trainer for many years before settling into a sedate job in academia, and I have worked on these large cats as well, so I am fond of saying that if a cat weighs less than 300 pounds, I can probably handle it! In truth, I am not afraid of cats and even if they are spitting and swiping I find that I can examine them by handling them in a calm but firm manner. I rarely have problems with cats. Still, there is the exception, and your cat just might belong in that group.

I've also tried putting a little catnip in the carrier of an upset cat, which seems to work wonders in calming my fractious patients. It may be worth a try. As a very last resort your veterinarian may feel comfortable prescribing a mild sedative to be given before the visit. Good luck!

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janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/27/2012 2:55:32 AM

good article, thank you

bridey    milwaukee, WI

10/21/2009 7:01:15 AM

I have a cat that used to be very good at the vet but then her companion cat died and I believe that she knows he went to the vet and didn't come home.
She is so petrified that at the house she screams and wets on me and then at the vet she tries to bite and defecates on the exam table

Ruthann    Crossville, TN

10/12/2009 1:36:24 PM

We currently have 8 cats. None of them have ever been hostile at the vet's office. They are usually just scared and try to hide in the far reaches of the carriers. One of the males wants out of the carrier at any cost, but isn't ever hostile. I usually spray their carriers with Feliway about 20 minutes before putting them in and it seems to help.

Donna    Austin, TX

10/12/2009 8:55:34 AM

My cat who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February had to be "breathed down" with anesthesia in her carrier before the vet could even take her out. NOTHING else worked!

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