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. Last month on August 22nd was 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.