SMOKEY – Going to the Vet Made Easy
I am not a small dog. I am in a class all my own and should be treated that way. So why do you take me to the veterinarian fewer times than you would a dog? Yes, Mom, I’m talking to you. This puts me at risk for serious disease because I am designed to hide illness from you until it is almost too late. August 22nd is TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET DAY! There’s an entire day dedicated to my health.
I know you know that I hate leaving my kingdom. Even if I see the cat carrier on the shelf, I get shivers down my spine. Therefore, I have some suggestions you can follow that will greatly reduce my fear of the carrier and car ride:
- Make it a place of comfort with soft bedding and treats. Lots of treats!
- Sprinkle cat nip in the carrier and play with my favorite toy – DA Bird – in and around it.
- If you must take me to the vet in it, spray some synthetic feline pheromones, like Feliway, on the carrier blankets. This will relax me.
- Once we get there, place a light towel over the carrier so I am shielded from the surroundings.
These are just some ideas Mom, I don’t want you to think that I’ll be a happy camper when you take me to the vet but at least I’ll know you care enough about me to try and make this a more pleasant experience.