There are misconceptions regarding the health care needs of our feline patients. Being indoors certainly protects them from other animals, cars, and the environment. However, indoor cats can still develop a variety of different diseases. Cats are also very adept at hiding any signs of illness. By the time owners notice that their cat is sick, the illness has become critical and requires more extensive treatment. Annual exams may uncover an underlying illness. Diagnosing these illnesses and beginning treatment early can save your cat a lot of suffering later.
Many owners also find it extremely difficult and stressful getting their cat to the veterinary clinic. Of cat owners, 60% report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian and 38% report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the vet!
Once your cat comes through our doors, the AWC takes steps to try and reduce your cats’ stress while here. There are also things that you can do prior to your visit to try and reduce your cats’ stress. Since the carrier is often the biggest source of stress, working to desensitize them to the carrier is often a first step. Download this informational brochure from the American Association of Feline Practitioners for tips and techniques you can use to make these important visits more enjoyable for both you and your cat. The CATalyst Council also has a helpful video offering 5 simple steps for cat owners to use cat-friendly carriers.