As I drove to work the other day, I noticed a furry head sticking out of the rear window of the SUV in the adjacent lane. It belonged to a golden retriever, ears and jowls vigorously flapping in the stream of moving air. Her eyes were closed, and her countenance was one of pure joy.
Too bad most cats don’t revel in car rides like that happy hound! The average feline would probably be hunched up in his carrier, meowing mournfully, during such an outing. That scenario, along with the effort needed to get the little bugger into his carrier in the first place, makes for an unhappy trip to the vet. It’s one of the many reasons some cat owners unwittingly neglect their little buddy’s medical care.
But that’s not the only reason: The strangers, barking dogs, and unusual sounds and scents at a veterinary clinic may stress out even the mellowest kitty. A fearful cat may feel traumatized, may not allow a good exam, and may even pose a danger to the veterinary staff.
The recognition of those difficulties got the American Association of Feline Practitioners thinking: What can we do to meet the wide variety of cats’ unique needs and help make feline veterinary visits more pleasant for everybody? To that end, they established a program called the
You now have the option of checking in via cellphone from your car when you arrive at the animal hospital. This is especially helpful if there are dogs in the reception area. If you choose to sit in the waiting room, you can cover your carrier with a towel, which we provide. It’s not always possible, but we try to get our feline patients into an exam room as soon as one is available.