Getting kitty to the vet peacefully

This is not a simple process sometimes. First of all, please don’t carry your cat in your arms. A stressed or fearful cat won’t act like they normally do at home. Sometimes cats get lost when they struggle out of someone’s arms and take off in a strange place. We don’t want this to happen to you or your cat.

If your cat is used to a harness or collar and leash, then that may work for you, but the safest way to bring kitty to see us is in a carrier. The best way to use that carrier is as part of kitty’s regular household routine so that it’s not a scary container but a cozy safe place.

Here’s a useful video from our friends at the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners):

We joke around my house that an empty box is the start of an effective cat trap. Cats can’t help but explore little nooks and crannies, so set up the carrier like a cozy nook where good things happen.

Put a soft blanket inside and let it have the smells of home on it. You could even feed your kitten inside the carrier so she associates it with good things.

If you have any questions, please email or call and ask us. We want these visits to be as stress-free as possible for you and your cat.