Just like humans, cats need to see a doctor at least once a year. This experience does not have to be traumatic for them. Introducing these common stressors early and slowly helps the cats adjust at their own pace.

For starters, get your cat used to the carrier before going to the vet. Leave the carrier open, put some treats or cat nip in the carrier and let the cat investigate. Once the cat is well adjusted to the carrier, introduce a ride in the car. Place some treats or a toy into the carrier with your cat and take him/her for a short ride around the block. This shows the cat that not all rides in the car end at the vet. Make sure not to frighten the cat with loud noises or sounds, i.e. loud music, blasting air/heat.

Bring your cat into the vet’s office for a ‘social visit’, preferably at a quite time of the day. Make the experience positive, lots of treats and pets from the staff. It is important to take your time with cats; they like to do things at their own pace and on their own.