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Eastside Animal Hospital is feline friendly. We can be a catís best friend, and we want cats to have the same high standard of care as their tail-wagging canine counterparts who may seem to enjoy their visits more. Cats rely on humans for care, but our feline friends are adept at hiding disease (itís in their nature). Your cat may never show you signs that he or she is ill until a problem has progressed and is more difficult to treat. Thatís why we emphasize regular wellness visits that include:
But what about that scary trip to get to us? No doubt many cats perceive that a shove into the carrier, a bumpy car ride, potential barking dogs in the lobby and the poking and prodding once here are experiences to be avoided at all costs. We are sensitive to your catís fears. Our team has been trained to handle scared kitties as gently and quickly as possible.
Here are some tips for making your catís trip to see us a little less stressful. This information comes to us courtesy of the CATalyst Council. (see our links page)
1. Make your cat travel-savvy. Get your cat used to traveling. Start him or her at a young age for best results.
2. Make the carrier your catís ďhome away from home.Ē Make it a comfortable resting, feeding or play location. Keep the transport carrier out and accessible in the home, not just when youíre taking your cat somewhere.
3. Let them play ďpeek-a-boo.Ē Let your cat have a hiding place in the carrier by placing a towel or blanket from your home inside the carrier, and drape another one over part of the carrier. Using a familiar blanket or towel from home can also provide your cat some comfort while at the veterinary office.
4. Mix it up. Think about it Ė would you be happy getting in the car if every car trip meant a trip to the doctorís office? Mix in some fun trips, or maybe a social visit to the veterinary office just to get a treat or two.
5. Travel light. If you donít feed your cat prior to travel, youíll make it less likely to get motion sickness. Plus, if itís a little bit hungry, your cat might be more interested in the treats your vet has to offer, and it could make the visit more pleasant for your cat.
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