Get Your Cat to the Vet Stress-Free

We all understand in the veterinary industry how hard it can be to get your cat to the clinic for their yearly check-up. It can be a stressful experience for your cat and therefore, for you as well. But we also understand the importance of veterinary care for your feline family member, and so we work to make it as stress-free as possible. An important first step is getting them in a carrier. Please use a carrier or kennel when taking your kitty into your car and to Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

Choosing the Right Carrier

The best type of carrier is one that the top can be removed. This allows veterinary staff to take the top off and most of the exam can be done while in the bottom part of carrier which helps your kitty feel more secure.

Keeping the Carrier Clean and Comfortable

Use a clean, comfortable carrier, and I stress the word clean. When cats get stressed from the carrier and car ride, they will often urinate, defecate or vomit. If the carrier was not cleaned well from last years visit, and you try to get your kitty in a carrier that is not only dirty but smells of fear, this will heighten stress.

Preparing the Carrier for Travel

A carrier that is not pulled out of the garage on the morning of appointment is preferred. If possible, keep the carrier out all the time, make it enjoyable to your kitty with clean, comfy blankets, toys and treats. A pheromone spray, such as Feliway, can be sprayed in the carrier to help alleviate stress (spray at least 15 minutes before putting your cat in).

Tips for Car Travel

In the car, prop your kitty up so she can see out the window. Try to have music, air conditioning or heating to a comfortable noise level. If possible, before the day of the appointment, get your kitty into the carrier, drive around the block and then take them home. The more often you can do this, the less stressed they will be every time you have to get them into the carrier and car.


Cats do not like the unfamiliar, so on a day filled with unversed sights and sounds give your kitty a little security in a familiar, clean and comfortable carrier. This can go a long way in reducing stress for them and you! Therefore allowing one of the veterinarians at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to do a thorough exam to assess better that they are happy and healthy.

Written by Amanda, RVT