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When the cat is afraid of the veterinarian


If your cat is afraid of the veterinarian, there are a few things you can do to alleviate her fear. In addition to good preparation, calm, serenity and prudence are essential. Fear of the veterinarian is a problem for many cats - Image: Shutterstock / Kachalkina Veronika

Before a first visit to the vet with the cat is in the best case, you have prepared it for it with a little training. If you want to start then, stay absolutely calm and take the stress out of your tiger.

Fear of the veterinarian: give security

Often people are just as insecure as their pets before visiting a veterinarian, increasing their fear of the veterinarian. Radiate calm and serenity. Even if you feel so sorry for your velvet paw, it shouldn't be aware of it.

Constant comforting and good talk would only increase your cat's fear because it makes her feel like something really bad is happening. Loud, shrill and of course aggressive tones are also not helpful. Talk to your animal gently but confidently to support it and to take away the fear of the veterinarian.

Keep the visit to the vet as short as possible

To avoid unnecessary stress, keep the time at the vet as short as possible: make an appointment beforehand so that you don't have to sit in the waiting room for an unnecessarily long time. The unusual environment and possibly other animals with all their noises and smells stress your cat enormously. The less long she has to endure, the better.

Take your time

Even if you do not want to spend more time in the practice than necessary, you should plan enough time for the project vet visit. If you have to frantically squeeze your darling into the transport box and scratch your feet impatiently in the waiting room because you are concerned about whether you can make it in time for your follow-up appointment, you transfer stress and uncertainty to your animal. This is not only uncomfortable for the cat, but in the end also for you and for the practice team, because the more stressed the velvet paws are, the more difficult the treatment becomes for everyone involved.

If you plan enough time, even short breaks in treatment are not a problem if your darling is not cooperative at all or simply can no longer.

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Get ready

Make it easier for the veterinarian to work with your help and give them as much information as possible about the symptoms you have observed and the history of your pet's illness. On the one hand, knowledge has a calming effect: The more closely you deal with your cat, the less wild panic can spread and they remain much more relaxed. On the other hand, precise information helps to care for the animal quickly and efficiently. If you are not afraid of the veterinarian, but trust him or her, your cat will also notice.

You should be able to answer the following questions:
Does your cat eat and drink normally?
● Does she clean and groom as usual?
● What changes in behavior and appearance have you noticed?
● Since when and in what situations have the changes existed?
● What do feces and urine look like? How does the cat behave in the litter box?
● Possible triggers: poisoning? Change in diet? Fall or accident? Change in living conditions?
● Does your cat have to vomit?
Does she suffer from diarrhea or constipation?
● weight changes?
● Is she sensitive to touch?

Pleasant travel conditions on the way to the vet

To make your velvet paw the trip to the veterinary practice as comfortable as possible, you should put a blanket or a piece of clothing in the basket that smells like home. Praise and rewards in the form of treats also make a big difference and can sweeten the visit to the vet.

Soothing substances

In addition to the domestic smell, there are other things that can help your house tiger relax, such as pheromones, catnip or valerian. However, not all cats respond equally to these substances. Some people swear by homeopathy, for example in the form of Bach flowers. The calming effect of these remedies is mainly due to the fact that the owner is convinced of the effect and is therefore more relaxed, which is transferred to the animal.

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Pleasant training for emergencies

Routine helps manage stress, including cats who are afraid of the veterinarian.

If the cat basket is only ever brought out when a visit to the veterinarian is due, the stress begins here. If the basket is just in the apartment, comfortably furnished with cozy blankets, toys and an occasional treat, your fur nose will be happy to go into the transport cave.

You can also make short car trips from time to time and sweeten them with treats, so that the cat learns not only to associate negative things with the car.

The same applies to examinations: Check your cat's mouth from time to time or simply examine her paws so that the examination situation becomes familiar territory.

So that your cat loses the fear of the veterinarian, you can also take you to "harmless" veterinarian visits. During routine check-ups or as a companion when one of your other pets has to go to the doctor, your velvet paw shows that something bad doesn't always happen when she goes to the vet, so she doesn't have to be afraid of it.

Pay attention to your cat's facial expressions

Your favorite's facial expression changes much faster than body language. You should keep a close eye on your animal, especially during treatment. With careful observation, you can resolve a difficult situation before it escalates. Then consider together with the veterinarian whether it is medically necessary to continue the treatment - possibly with the help of anesthetics - or whether you should stop for the time being in order to avoid trauma.