Glenolden Animal Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome
you and your cat to our cat friendly hospital.
We understand how stressful it can be to bring your cat in to the
practice. Our goal is to reduce that stress associated with veterinary
visits. We want to create a more positive experience for you and your cat,
so they can get the care that they need.
HOW TO GET YOUR CAT PREPARED FOR THE VET VISIT
The vet visit starts at home. It’s very important for you as the cat owner
to understand how to prepare your cat for their appointment.
Here are a
few tips to help:
||1. Choose a carrier that is sturdy, secure and stable for the cat, as well
as easy for you to carry. It is recommended the carrier be left out in the
household a few days prior to the vet visit to allow them to become
familiar with it. Add a favorite blanket, towel, or bed the cat likes to
help acclimate its use, reward the cat with its favorite treat when they
are in the carrier.
2. Treat the carrier with pheromones such as Feliway spray or Feliway
wipes 30 minutes prior to the visit, this helps keep the cat calm in the
carrier during the travel time to the vet office. These products are
available at our hospital. We encourage you to contact our office a few
days prior to your visit. We would be happy to supply you with a Feliway
wipe free of charge.
Some cats like to see out of their enclosure during car rides, whereas
others are less anxious when the carrier is covered with a blanket or
towel. This helps the cat stay calm. You may even treat the towel with
the Feliway product.
3. Carriers should be seat-belted into the car to keep the cat safe during
transport. It also helps reduce the movement of the car ride. Limit food
at least 2 hours prior to the visit, in case blood work is required. It
also reduces the chance of car sickness.
** We prefer them on an empty stomach to have the ability to offer treats
to encourage a more positive experience.
4. While waiting in the office, keep your cat in the carrier at all times,
be sure to maintain eye contact and speak to them in a calm tone of
voice. It’s important you stay calm and focused.
5. Have your questions ready prior to your appointment for the doctor. It