Pet Vet: Importance of vet visits for your cat

Published: Aug. 18, 2018 at 5:40 AM EDT
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It’s National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22nd, and our Pet Vet Dr. David Visser joined us on NewsCenter 16 Saturday morning to highlight how to make visits to the veterinarian easier and more comfortable for your feline companions.

Many cat owners are unsure of why their cat needs to see a veterinarian, and often rely on the fact that cats are self caring pets. Dr. Visser informs us that cats need vet visits for a variety of reasons.

Five Reasons for a cat's vet visit:

-Cats age more rapidly than humans

-Cats are masters at hiding illness

-Over 50% of cats are overweight

-Preventive care is better than reactive care

-Dental disease is the most prevalent disease

A lot of people find it hard to get a cat into a carrier, and are concerned about car rides causing stress.

Here are some tips to make vet visits calmer:

-Understand your cat's behaviors

-Allow time to introduce the carrier

-Provide a peaceful reentry to home

It helps the vet, you, and your cat if you come prepared to your appointment. There are a few things you can do to prepare both early on as well as before you leave for the vet visit.

Feline vet visit preparation checklist:

-Train your cat early on

-Integrate carrier into the home

-Place friendly items in the carrier

-Use Feliway® in and around carrier (Feliway® creates a copy of a cat’s pheromones to make them more comfortable in an unfamiliar place)

-And of course, be patient

Dr. David Visser also touched on how to come prepared for your visit.

Feline vet visit preparation checklist:

-Call to schedule an appointment

-Make your cat's carrier "home away from home"

-Make an intentional list of questions/concerns

To reach Dr. Visser, you can contact the Center for Animal Health at 888-PETS-VETS or