According to the American Humane Society, our feline companions go to the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. The number one reason? Owners say their cat hates going to the vet and they dread the drama. The result is that cats only get vet care when they’re really sick—and often, that illness might have been avoided with preventive care.

At Glendale Animal Hospital, we strive to be aware of and accommodating regarding our feline friends and the worries that they face at the vet. To lend a paw to our kitty clients, we are proud to have separate dog and cat entrances as well as dedicated kitty cat exam rooms—we also use Feliway, which helps calm those scared-y cats.

While those are techniques we at the hospital employ, there are also some things you can do to make taking your cat to the vet easier on you and your pet. Check out these tips:

• Take short practice car rides before the actual appointment, so they’re more familiar with the ride.
• Get your cat used to being handled and picked up with gentle head-to-tail holding, petting and touching.
• Leave the carrier out and open at home for your cat to smell and investigate. Try putting a favorite blanket or bed inside.
• Put a towel over the carrier before going inside the vet clinic.
• If possible, schedule your appointment for less busy times at the hospital.

While it’s true that cats can be low-maintenance pets compared to dogs, they still need regular wellness care including exams, vaccines and preventive medications to stay healthy. So—how long has it been since your cat saw the vet? If it’s been over a year (or you can’t remember!) call us at 630-364-4250 today to make an appointment or schedule one online.