Fear is the primary cause of misbehavior while at the veterinarian. Understanding this can help decrease problematic veterinary visits. Bring along the cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket. Perform regular home maintenance procedures, including grooming, nail trimming, and teeth brushing. Playing "vet procedures" that mimic temperature taking, ear cleaning and pilling can help your cat better adjust to veterinary hospital for "fun" visits, involving no examinations or procedures provide owner's and staff with the opportunity to reward the cat with praise and food treats.
GETTING YOUR CAT INTO THE CARRIER
Train your cat to view the carrier as a safe haven and "home away from home". Leave the carrier out all the time and provide treats in it to allow your cat to associate it with comfort and security. This will also make things easier in case of disaster or emergency, when time is of the essence. Carriers that have both a top and a front opening are best. Top-loading carriers allow for stress-free placement and removal of the cat, but should be covered with a towel or blanket to create a "cave-like" feel. A removable carrier top enables us to examine your cat while remaining in the bottom half of the carrier, and allows the cat to feel safe. Do not "dump" a cat out of the carrier.
ADJUSTING TO CAR RIDES
ALWAYS put your cat in a carrier or other safe container while traveling; roaming cats can be a distraction (worse than the howling!) and could be seriously injured in even the most minor car accident. Take your cat for regular car rides, beginning with very short ones, to places other than the veterinary hospital. Reward verbally, with positive attention, and with treats. To prevent car sickness do not feed before traveling.