August 22, 2018

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

If your cat is like most, taking him or her to the vet is anything but easy, so “celebrating” Take Your Cat to the Vet Day isn’t exactly the right word. First you have to cajole, bribe, or trick them into the carrier. For a cat who’s not used to travel, the car ride, and the vet’s office itself, can stress BOTH of you out. (And we’re not even talking about the vet bill!) If all of this is making you avoid necessary well pet visits, please don’t! CatCon alum Ian Somerhalder spoke to People about how important regular vet checkups are. “I have detected things in [my cat] Moke that were early, that we were able to correct,” he said. “Had they gone unnoticed or unchecked, they would’ve become very problematic and would’ve ended his life.”

We found a few resources that may help the next trip to the vet a little easier:

  • Does your cat HATE the carrier? Cat behaviorist Sarah Ellis advocates for making the carrier part of the cat’s everyday habitat, “so the cat carrier can become a portable place of safety and security.”
  • Try this musical soothing technique – introducing Cat Calm Radio, with music designed specifically to soothe cats, by David Teie, a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and brought to you by Whiskas.
  • Need some help with an older cat who’s downright afraid of the carrier? WikiHow has tips on getting kitty to get used to the carrier.
  • In honor of Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Us Weekly shares five signs your cat is living their best life. If they’re not their usual social self, not grooming, or missing the litter box, it could be a sign that something is not quite right, and a vet visit is needed.
  • Of course, the cost of that unexpected vet visit can make a serious dent in your budget. Pet Insurance Review is an independent resource that features reviews of different plans by pet parents, for pet parents. 5% of their revenue goes to pet charities.

We hope this info helps make your next visit to the vet a little easier, so you and kitty can enjoy each other’s company for a long long time!

Image courtesy The Ian Somerhalder Foundation

CatCon will return in 2019. We’ll announce dates and venue later this year!