Taking your feline friend to the doctor can be stressful. Studies have shown that pet owners take their cats to the veterinarian less often because the clinic visit is stressful for both the cat and the pet owner. With fewer veterinary visits, health problems may go left untreated. Our goal is to provide the best medical care we can for our furry patients. By working together, we can decrease the stress and anxiety during your cat's veterinary visit. Here are a few suggestions...
- Please advise us when making your appointment that your cat is easily stress. We will try to schedule the appointment at a quieter time of the day. We can also prescribe anti-anxiety medications that you can give your cat before the appointment.
- Decreasing anxiety starts at home. Do not store your cat's carrier away in some closet. Leave your cat's carrier out so that it becomes a safe resting place for your cat. This is important!!! Please ask us for a copy of the brochure "How to Transport Your Cat to the Veterinarian". This brochure has many wonderful ideas on making the cat carrier a "happy place".
- Use a Feliway wipe to coat the carrier with feline facial pheromones, which have a calming affect on cats. We have these wipes at the clinic. Do this 1/2 to 1 hour before you leave for the scheduled appointment.
Pre-Visit Anxiety Medications - Gabapentin
- Gabapentin is an medication that can be given before your cat's visit to help decrease anxiety.
- Do not feed your cat the morning of the appointment, even if the appointment is not until the afternoon. Pick up the food the night before to ensure your cat is hungry.
- Mix the contents of one capsule with a tiny amount (about 1 teaspoon) of canned food 2 hours before your appointment. Feed this to your cat. Most cats will take the medication readily if given this way.
- If your cat will not eat the food containing the gabapentin, discard that food into the garbage. Mix a second capsule with a 1/2 teaspoon of chicken broth or baby food and syringe into your cat's mouth.
Transporting Your Cat
- Cover the cat carrier with a towel or blanket.
- Carry your carrier from the bottom not by the handle so that the carrier doesn't swing or tip.
- Use towels or blankets on the car seat so that the carrier sits flat on the car seat.
- Have your car at a comfortable temperature before you put your cat in the car.
At the Barron Veterinary Clinic - our Feline Friendly Approach
- You can call us on your cell phone to inform us of your arrival.
- Do not come into the clinic until the waiting room is free of large, loud dogs. We would prefer to escort you to an exam room immediately, or as least to the dog free section of the waiting area.
- Do not place your cat carrier on the floor. Set it on the table between the chairs in the waiting room or on the counter top. Cats feel safer in higher places.
Your cat's health is important to us. Together we can make the visit to the Barron Veterinary Clinic easier and less stressful for both the pet owner and our feline friends!! See you soon!!