Transporting your cat to the vet

Transporting your cat to the vet

For most cats coming to the vets can be a stressful experience. Cats are independent, territorial and have a sensitive sense of smell, so bringing them out of the home environment into a situation where they have little control can be frightening for them. There are various things you can do to help your cat.

Choose an appropriate carrier

  • Never try to transport your cat loose in the car
  • Plastic carriers are much stronger and easier to clean than cardboard
  • If possible choose a carrier that you can easily remove the lid from, or one that opens out from the top. Your cat will feel more secure if they can remain sitting in the base of the carrier throughout the examination.
  • Secure the carrier well in the car, and cover with a towel to help keep your cat calm.

Getting your cat used to the carrier

  • Your cat is more likely to go into the carrier easily if they are already used to it.
  • Ideally leave the carrier out at home so it becomes ‘part of the furniture’
  • Put food or treats in the carrier to encourage your cat to go into it at home, and soft bedding so that they can sleep in it if they choose
  • Rubbing a soft cloth around your cats face to pick up their scent, then wiping this around the inside of the carrier can help your cat feel more secure
  • Alternatively pheromone sprays such as ‘feliway’ can be used, sprayed into the carrier or on a blanket at least 15 minutes before putting your cat in

At the surgery

Choose a quiet area in the waiting room away from dogs if possible. Place the carrier off the ground and keep covered with a towel or cloth. If you feel your cat would be less stressed waiting with you in the car please let our reception staff know.

icatcare.org – International cat care offering advice on cat healthcare and behaviour

gov.uk – advice on travelling with your pet

Transporting your cat to the vet

Transporting your cat

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