How To Prepare Your Cat for a Wellness Exam

December 7, 2022 12:00 am Published by

A wellness exam is an important part of your cat’s healthcare routine, as it allows your veterinarian to check for any potential health issues and ensure that your cat is in good overall health. This is especially important if your cat will be interacting with other animals at the vet’s office or if they will be traveling to a new location. It’s also a good idea to bring a list of any medications that your cat is currently taking, as well as any medical history or concerns that you may have.

So, what’s the best way for how to prepare your cat for a wellness exam? 

Before the Appointment

If you’re planning to drive your cat to the appointment, it’s a good idea to use a carrier specifically designed for cats. This will help keep your cat safe and secure during the car ride, and it will also help prevent any accidents or escapes. You can help your cat get comfortable with the carrier by placing treats or a favorite toy inside the carrier to help make it more appealing.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your cat is well-rested and relaxed before the appointment. Avoid any activities that may stress your cat out, such as baths or nail trims, in the hours leading up to the exam. You should also make sure to give your cat plenty of food and water, as they may not eat or drink while they are at the vet’s office.

At the Vet’s Office

On the day of the appointment, try to arrive at the vet’s office a few minutes early to allow yourself time to check in and get settled. This can help reduce the amount of time your cat has to spend in the waiting room, which can help them feel more comfortable. It’s also a good idea to bring a blanket or towel that your cat is familiar with to help them feel more at ease while they are at the vet’s office.

When it comes to the actual exam, try to stay calm and relaxed, as your cat may pick up on your emotions. It’s also a good idea to allow your veterinarian to handle your cat, as they are trained to do so in a gentle and caring manner. If your cat becomes agitated or distressed during the exam, it’s okay to take a break and give them some space. Make sure your cat is up to date on vaccinations, bring a list of any medications and medical history, use a carrier for transportation, and try to arrive early to the appointment.

Preparing your cat for a wellness exam can be stress-free and easy. In the end, you’ll have a happy and healthy cat. 

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