Did you know that August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day? We know, Fluffy would probably be much more excited about Buy Your Cat Tuna Day, but we’re staying on topic for this one. We recommend all cats be fixed, microchipped, and kept current on wellness and preventative care. Most kitties should visit their doctors at least once a year. You’ll also need to bring your furball in if you notice any signs of illness. Of course, many of our feline patients get scared and upset by having to go on car rides. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, a Cy-Fair, TX vet offers tips on making the trip a little easier on your pet.
If it’s hot or cold out, start the car before you bring your furball out, and let the climate control do its job. Never leave Fluffy alone in the car in hot weather. This is extremely dangerous!
Pets should always travel in a carrier. It’s much safer! The last thing you want when you’re driving is for your feline friend to interfere with your vision or get under your feet. You can make the crate comfier for your cute pet by adding soft bedding and a few toys. Another thing you can do is leave the carrier out between appointments, so Fluffy gets used to it.
You may want to play some soothing music for your kitty. This may relax her on the way over. If nothing else, she’ll have something to meow along with!
Just like people, cats can sometimes get carsick. If you know or suspect that Fluffy will get nauseous on the ride, don’t feed her just before the appointment. Having fresh air circulating can also help with this. Keep the air conditioner or fan going, and crack a window a little bit.
Keep your furry little passenger in mind as you are driving to the clinic and back. Avoid sharp turns and sudden stops and starts. You’ll also want to steer clear of bumps and potholes.
If Fluffy gets extremely scared in the car, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as sprays or treats. These can help soothe nervous kitties.
Contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX vet, to make your furry buddy an appointment. We’re here for you!