5 Tips to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful for Your Cat

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Veterinarians are no different than other healthcare providers when it comes to bedside manner. A few minutes of casual interaction puts patients at ease, especially the fearful feline ones. Most vets will do this anyway. If yours does not, ask him or her to take a few minutes to break the ice with your cat before diving into the exam. And remember, a friendly rapport between you and the vet can go a long way toward putting your pet at ease.

There is no getting around the fact that your cat will be poked and prodded during vet visits. But you can ease the discomfort by talking to your pet in a soothing voice during the experience. It also helps to bring something from home such as a towel or blanket to set him on and a favorite toy or treat that you can use to distract your cat during the check-up.

Keep in mind that each visit to the vet is your opportunity to ask questions and prepare yourself for the job of taking care of kitty at home. Also, don't be afraid to call your vet between appointments if you have additional questions or concerns. If you feel your vet is unresponsive look for another one. Your pet's health depends on having a positive relationship with his caregivers. This will become critically important if your pet ever requires an overnight or extended stay in a veterinary clinic.

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