Source: Today’s Veterinary Practice

This article discusses how cats’ unique needs as both predator and prey species are disrupted during Veterinary visits, leading to protective emotions like fear, anxiety, and frustration. Creating a Cat Friendly Veterinary environment can minimize these emotions and improve the experience for the cat, caregiver, and Veterinary team. Strategies include educating caregivers on preparation and travel, reducing stressor stacking, and using gentle handling techniques without restraint equipment.

Suggestions for carrier use, transportation, and waiting areas aim to minimize disruptions and promote a sense of safety for cats. The examination room should be a safe space, prepared with warm blankets and synthetic pheromones. During the examination, allowing the cat to choose its level of interaction and using food and toys can help ease stress. Suggestions for ward and intensive care units include providing hiding and perching options, separate resources, and minimizing disruptions to maintain a sense of security for hospitalized cats.

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