Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Fluffy’s least-favorite holiday is coming up. August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! If we could poll our feline pals, we suspect that most of them would opt for taking yet another nap over a dreaded car ride in to the office. However, kitties are much healthier—and therefore, happier—with proper care. We do all we can on our end to make appointments easy on our patients, but there are also some things you can do to make your furball’s appointments go smoothly for her. A local North Dallas, TX vet offers a few tips on taking your feline buddy to the vet in this article.


Cats should always travel crated. It’s much safer, both for you and your pet! However, if your furry little pal only ever sees her carrier before a car ride, she may hightail it for her favorite hiding spot as soon as she spots it. Leave it out between visits, so she gets more used to it. You can also help your cute pet form a more ‘pawsitive’ opinion of the carrier. Put comfy bedding inside, and offer her toys, treats, and catnip in it. If all else fails, try telling Fluffy to stay out of her carrier. She’ll probably go right in!

Car Rides

While there are some cats out there that actually do enjoy car rides, the majority of our feline patients get very scared in the car. In fact, it’s often the trip that upsets cats, rather than the appointment! Keep a window cracked for your kitty, and play soothing music on the radio. Avoid sharp turns, sudden stops, and bumpy roads.

Kitty-Calming Products

Does your furry friend get super nervous on car rides? Ask your vet for advice on using kitty-calming products. These mimic the scent of feline ‘happy’ pheromones, and can help sooth a jittery furball. There are many different ones available, such as sprays and treats. Just follow the directions to the letter.

Regular Appointments

Don’t wait until Fluffy is sick to bring her in! Wellness care will make a huge difference in keeping your kitty in good health. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Is your pet overdue for an appointment? Please reach out to us, your local North Dallas, TX veterinary clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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