At A Plus Animal Hospital we love our canine and feline patients equally. Yet, we recognize the unique challenges and difficulties in bringing some of our feline friends to the veterinary practice, we have put together some helpful owner information to assist you.
Next Reduced Vaccine Clinics
Thursday December 6th and Tuesday December 15th.
Reduced Vaccine Clinic – for healthy pets only!
This service is on a first-come-first-serve basis, and our new hours are from 2:00pm till 5:00pm, every first Tuesday and every third Thursday (with some exceptions) of each month. Sign up will start no earlier than 1:45 pm. As long as you are signed in by 5:00 pm, your pet will be seen the same day. If you have any questions, concerns or pricing questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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We Have Committed To Becoming A Cat Friendly Practice
Practice at Home
- Leave the carrier out for several days before the appointment so your cat gets used to it
- Put treats, toys, blankets and a favorite person’s clothes in the carrier for a comfortable and familiar environment
- Reinforce your cat’s positive associations with the carrier using calm praise
- Never dump your cat out of the carrier – either let them walk out or gently remove them from the carrier
- Always put your cat in a carrier when traveling in the car – it’s safer for you and your cat
- A synthetic feline pheromone in the carrier may help your cat stay calm during transit
- Drape a blanket or towel over the carrier to reduce motion sickness
- Take your cat for a few short car rides to build familiarity
- Do not feed your cat for several hours before traveling to reduce motion sickness
- After each successful car trip, reward your pet with positive attention and treats
Recognizing Feline Fear
- It is easy to confuse fear with aggression or anger in cats. These illustrations show the progression of a cat’s facial expression and body posture from a neutral emotional state, through increasing levels of fear.
Buying a Carrier
- Top-loading carriers make it easier to place your cat inside
- Carriers with a top and side opening have additional versatility
- If your carrier has a removable top, your cat may feel more secure remaining inside throughout the exam
At the Clinic
- Practice regular care such as brushing, nail trimming and teeth brushing at home
- Touch your cat’s face, ears, feet and tail at home so she will be used to similar procedures at the clinic
- Go to the veterinarian for visits that don’t involve exams or procedures (such as weighing the cat) to create positive associations
- Ahead of time, ask the clinic staff if you can take your kitty directly to an exam room upon arrival
- Speak softly, because if you remain calm, chances are your cat will too
- Reward good behavior with treats and ignore bad behavior – never speak harshly or use punishment
- Ask a staff member if you can open the carrier so your cat can adjust to the exam room and explore
- Avoid direct eye contact with your cat Handle your cat with a towel if necessary
- Speak in soft, soothing tones but avoid whispering