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Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Providing good health care, especially preventative health care, can allow your cats to have longer, more comfortable lives.  However, this cannot happen unless they see the veterinarian for needed care.  Many cats dislike going to the veterinarian, and that starts with the difficulty of getting the cat into the carrier.  If we can make this step easier, the entire veterinary visit is usually less stressful.

Click on the links below to learn how to make your cat comfortable with the carrier, how to get an unwilling cat into a carrier without stress, what type of carriers are best, and how to keep the peace in a multi-cat household after one cat comes home from a veterinary visit.

The last video, "A Technical Guide to Taking Your Cat to the Vet," is a funny but useful video by Dr. Andy Roark, a veterinarian who is also a good comedian.  You'll enjoy this.

By Steve Dale, Pet Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host

From the Cat Catalyst Council

By Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Feline Practice, Past President, the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

By Dr. Andy Roark, veterinarian and, in this case, comedian.

File NameDescription / Comment
Cat CarrierTurn your cat carrier into a "Home Away From Home."
Getting Your Cat to the VeterinarianReducing the stress of veterinary visits for you and your cat; how to get your cat into a carrier.
Visiting the Vet: Tips for a Stress-Free TripThere are more owned cats than dogs in America, but cats only see a veterinarian half as often. They don't get the care they need and deserve for a number of reasons. One reason cats don't get veterinary care is they usually don't like going to the vet! They don't like carriers and they don't like car rides. But it doesn't have to be this way. Cats love hiding in boxes, and there is no reason they can't love a carrier too. Here are some tips to make your clinic visit more pleasant, including how to train your cat to love a cat carrier. At the end are some QR codes which can be scanned with a smart phone to take you to some YouTube videos on how to accustom your cat to a cat carrier to make your visit to the veterinarian stress-free. The third video is not just educational but also very humorous, well worth watching.