PLEASANT VETERINARY VISITS
Our Professional Staff are available to answer all your questions and are happy to help you learn more about your cat’s health. If you can help your cat to feel more comfortable about car travel and trips to the Vet, it will help you to be more relaxed too!
▪ Help your cat feel more comfortable by “pretending” to do routine veterinary procedures at home such as touching his/her feet, trimming nails, cleaning ears, and teeth brushing.
▪ Stop by with your cat when you don’t have an appointment, just to weigh him/her and reward with a treat afterwards.
▪ Ask us for help with these home-care activities. With practice, you will be comfortable and confident …and your kitty will be too!
For more information, visit: www.wignall.com 978 454 8272.
FELINE TRANSPORT TIPS
Transporting a cat to any destination can be a harrowing experience…unless you know and use our Transport Tips. There are 4 key steps to increase the success of transporting your feline family members. Start out by following “C.A.T. S.”
Create a Comfortable
▪ Never dump your cat into the carrier. This creates anxiety about the carrier.
▪ Consider a carrier whose top comes off and enables your cat to stay in the bottom half during his/her examination!
▪ Keep soft, padded bedding inside the carrier to make it an inviting place to travel.
- Keep treats inside the carrier as a reminder that the carrier is a good place to be.
- Scatter some catnip into the carrier to soothe and calm your cat any time he/she is inside the carrier.
- Spray the inside of the carrier with Feliway® Spray to release calming pheromones.
- Keep a favorite toy in the carrier to create a positive, comforting connection with the carrier.
- Cover the carrier with a familiar towel or blanket for “privacy” while he/she is inside the carrier.
Make the carrier a normal part of every day life:
▪ Keep the carrier in a place your cat can explore at all the times, including just to take a nap or have a treat.
▪ Keep toys, a favorite pillow or blanket inside the carrier.
▪ Take your cat for rides in the carrier other than just to the Vet.
▪ Start with short rides and gradually extend the rides to a longer distance.
▪ Never leave your cat unattended in your car! Heat and cold can place your cat in serious danger.
▪ Cats travel best on an empty stomach, therefore plan your car rides for several hours after your cat has eaten.
▪ End each car ride with lots of praise, petting and a healthy treat!
Timing is Everything!
- Refrain from feeding your cat for a few hours before a trip to the veterinarian.
- Feel free to bring your cat’s favorite treat or the missed meal with you. We will happily bond with him/her by feeding him/her here at the hospital! This will create a positive connection between us and your cat!
- At least one week before the appointment, be certain the carrier is comfortable, accessible to your cat, has cleaning bedding and is ready for travel!
Although your cat may protest going into the carrier, it really is the safest place for him/her while traveling to the vet AND while waiting in the Waiting Room. There are things you can do to help your cat feel better about being in his/her carrier
▪ The carrier should be sturdy enough to bear the weight of your cat without straining at the seams or places where there is a handle or other hardware.
▪ A cleanable surface is a must. Most carriers are made of hard washable plastic or soft-sided, added washable vinyl.
- Rollable carriers come with a handle and on wheels, just like a suitcase.
- Consider your comfort and safety too: pick a carrier style that is a good match for your physical strength and size to enable you to use the carrier safely and without dread.
- Test out any new carrier at home after you buy it, before you need to use it for a trip. If it’s not a good fit for you and your cat, return it and try a different style!
Questions? Call or email us!
Wignall Animal Hospital……where we take care of your furry “kids” just like they were our own.
AAFP Certified Cat Friendly Practice
The AAFP Promotes Quality Care
The AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Program was first conceived in the United Kingdom by the Feline Advisory Bureau. Participating practices in the UK that have become cat friendly have noticed a considerable difference. The AAFP’s Cat Friendly Program was inspired to ensure that veterinary practices in North America are committed to feline healthcare and implementing cat friendly standards.
As a Cat Friendly Practice, we completed a self-assessment checklist that shows we have incorporated the standard criteria for our practice to be cat friendly. The program standards for the delivery of care to the feline population are research-based and represent the highest standards of feline medical care. Once we met the criteria on the checklist, reviewed educational materials, and designated at least one Cat Advocate in our practice, the practice was submitted for approval into the program.
Our Cat Friendly Practice:
· Uses innovative cat handling techniques.
· Works to create a calmer veterinary
environment for cats and cat owners.
· Will suggest new products and stress-reducing
tips especially for cats.
· Is up to date on the latest veterinary
veterinary information applicable to cats.
· Has FIVE Cat Advocates.
· LOVES Cats!
Meet Our Cat Advocates!
Client Care Supervisor, Amy
Amy is the proud mom of Frankie, a 2 year old spayed Calico she adopted and dotes on, along with her two dogs, Moxie and Timber. Amy has had cats in her family for many years and loves the differences between dog and cat behaviors. In fact she has trained Frankie to do some tricks…ask her about it!
Candas is our Veterinary Patient Coordinator who is the liaison between our clients and medical staff . You’ll often speak to Candas on the phone if you have a question about an upset tummy or a medication refill. She is the proud mom of 3 cats: Abby and Maggie are spayed black Domestic Short Hair aged 15 and 8 respectively; and Rockstar Mags is a 3 year old Tiger. Her kitties are part of a brood of pets that includes Avery, Butch, Jasmine and Vinnie, her dogs. Candas has had cats as family members her whole life and is used to lots of pitter pattering around her home.
Aleisa handles many different administrative tasks including client accounts and special events at the hospital. Used to a tribe of family pets, she currently is proud mom to Sakura, a spayed 4 year old black and white Domestic Short Hair, along with Dixie and Izzie, her dogs. Alesia has experience with aging pets and balancing dogs and cats peacefully in her household!