6 Station Close Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 4FJ • 4 Church Street Long Buckby NN6 7QH01327 702819

Hints and Tips-

  • Your cat carrier should ideally be ‘part of the furniture’ where your cat can sleep or hide so that they don’t associate it with an imminent visit to the vet.  Your cat will also be less alarmed if the carrier smells familiar to them and this can be reassuring.
  • Wipe a cloth around your cats face to pick up its scent and rub it around the carrier, especially in the corners.
  • If your cat panics at the sight of the carrier, remain calm.  Keep the basket closed, but out of sight.  Wrap your cat in a thick towel/blanket that smells familiar to them.  Place the cat and the towel in the carrier quickly (but also gently).
  • Take some spare bedding with you incase your cat is sick/soils within the carrier.
  • Take advantage of our appointment system (see opening hours page).  This ensures you will not be waiting around for long periods in a busy waiting room!!

Transporting your cat to the vet-

  • Never travel with your cat loose in the car.  Secure the carrier you use in a footwell or on a seat, so that it cannot move.
  • Choose a sturdy cat carrier, which is easy to clean and lined with an towel to absorb any ‘accidents’.  Carriers that open from the top are advantageous as the cat can be gently lifted in or out.
  • Cover the carrier with a towel or cloth during the journey and during the duration of your wait to be seen to keep your cat calm.  These can also be sprayed with an appeasing pheromone such as Feliway (spray 15 minutes prior to putting your cat in the carrier).
  • Drive with care to avoid your cat being thrown around within the box.
  • Use a reassuring voice and avoid loud noises (sorry no karaoke!)
  • Upon arrival, don’t rush, hold the carrier carefully to avoid it swinging/banging against objects.

In the waiting room-

  • We have segregated our waiting room at Daventry allowing cats to be separate from the dogs.  At our branch surgery at Long Buckby, we have a seperate waiting room.  This room has towels for you to place over the cage (so they can avoid eye contact with others) and tables for you to place your carriers on top of.  It also has a Feliway diffuser.
  • If your cat gets very stressed- it may be better to leave it in the car until you are called (not advised during warm periods)
  • Take advantage of our appointment system (see opening hours page).  This ensures you will not be waiting around for long periods in a busy waiting room!!

Staying at the vets-

  • Our cat ward is seperate from the kennels and is situated on the other side of the building, making it a quiter and therefore calming place for your cat.
  • We have secure cages that are of adequate size.
  • We provide comfortable bedding and boxes to allow them to hide.
  • We encourage you to bring an item/bedding of their own, to provide them with a familiar smell.
  • A nurse will speak to you about your cat to find out more about your feline friend and their personality, likes/dislikes etc.
Cat waiting room- Long Buckby

Cat waiting room- Long Buckby

 

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