Taking your cat to the vet can potentially be a hassle, especially if your cat isn’t to eager to make the trip—and most cats aren’t. Trying to coax your beloved kitty into the confining space of a cat carrier can be an exercise in frustration, especially if she negatively associates it with visiting the vet. 

Although it may seem like trying to get your stressed kitty to go to the vet is not worth the effort, it would greatly benefit her if you reconsidered. This is because annual veterinarian checkups for your cat are commonly recommended, if you want to keep her in good health. 

Fortunately, there are some techniques you can use, to make your trip to the vet less stressful. Below are a few tips to consider if you want to learn “How To Calm Down A Cat For A Cat Vet Visit.”

Vet Preparations
A good place to start, is by making preparations a few days ahead of time. Make an appointment at a time when there aren’t as many clients/patients expected. If you can bring your cat into a peaceful environment, then that can contribute to her calmness overall—a room full of noisy pets can do the opposite.

Also, try to get her used to receiving attention and being touched in an examining manner. Gently practice examining the mouth, ears and touch along her face, to get her used to these procedures. Therefore, when the vet does it, your cat won’t be experiencing these actions for the first time.

Pheromones are chemicals released by the glands of animals, as a way to communicate between species. There are particular pheromones that are calming and have been proven to reduce stress. Scientist have found a way to synthesize this calming pheromone and make it available to use for pet stress relief. 

A common way to calm your pet down before a vet visit, is to use calming pheromones prior to the appointment. Consider diffusing her favorite room with a calming pheromone plugin diffuser. Before you leave for the vet, she can relax in there. Close the curtains and make sure there’s no traffic. This is also a good time to coax her into the cat carrier.

Cat Carriers
It’s commonly recommended to transport your cat in a cat carrier, when taking her to a vet. Consider getting one that is big enough for her to easily stand up and turn around inside. Also, it helps to have a cat carrier with two openings, one on top and another on the side. This makes for convenience, when trying to remove your cat.

More Carrier Tips

  • Place the carrier in your cat’s favorite room
  • Put treats and blankets they like in the carrier
  • Synthetic pheromones have a calming effect,
    consider spraying the blanket with pheromones
  • Leave the doors open, letting them come and go
    as they please
  • Spray pheromones inside the carrier before the
    vet visit, to help your kitty relax
Herbal Remedies
If you’re looking for a more natural sedative, an ideal option to consider are herbal remedies. Just like pheromones, there are herbal remedies that have the ability to calm your kitty before her visit. Bach Remedies or Catnip(after the initial high) are commonly used herbs as a way to reduce your cat’s stress.

The Car Ride
In order to have a smooth ride to the veterinarians office, a good idea is to go on practice runs to get your cat acclimated to the trip. Short runs, while the carrier is securely fastened to the seat would be ideal. Consider only playing calming music or drive with the radio turned off. If your cat gets car sick, then it would be helpful not to feed her prior to the vet visit. Also, try preventing the air vent from blowing directly into the carrier. The idea is to provide optimal comfort and reduce any anxiety your cat may be feeling, while creating a positive association with visiting the vet.

Bring Treats
Bring treats to the appointment. Bite sized goodies can be an ideal distraction, while the vet is performing an examination.

In conclusion, taking your cat to the vet doesn’t have to feel like a chore, if you employ the right techniques. Keeping her environments calm and peaceful, can go a long way to maintaining your cat’s peace of mind. Prior planning and practicing your routines, can also make her more comfortable with the visit. Furthermore, consult a qualified veterinarian to confirm a routine practice, that is suited to you and your cat’s situation. Thanks for reading.