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Visiting the Vet: Tips for Decreasing Your Cat’s Stress

By Suzanne Denk, CSB-C, Dip.FBST, Animal Enrichment Specialist

Routine wellness visits to the vet are necessary but can be traumatic for you, your cat and even for other animals at home. Here are some tips to keep the next visit as stress-free as possible!


Being comfortable in the carrier is a critical part of keeping your cat’s stress level low. When the carrier comes out, it signals to your cat that something unpleasant is going to happen. Plan ahead and make the carrier a comfortable place by putting it where your cat spends time and by creating positive experiences with it. For tips on carrier acclimation refer to our Spring 2021 issue at ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org/Petsburgh.


For the trip to the vet, cover the carrier with a towel to decrease visual stimulation and spray the towel with a calming pheromone like Feliway. Hold the carrier securely from the bottom and do not swing it at your side or let it knock into anyth