In many ways, cats have a better
nine lives than ever before, but fear,
anxiety, and stress can still be a part
of their daily lives if we and other
caretakers fail to recognize or properly deal with scary situations. Those
cats and their people often “drop
out” of health care, said Dr. Marty
Becker, founder and CEO of Fear Free
Create a portable
Cats tend to be less socialized to
experiences and change because they
don’t require “potty visits” outdoors,
let alone training classes, like dogs,
said Dr. Kathryn Primm of Applebrook
Animal Hospital, the nation’s first Fear
Free-certified professional. While
change is scary for cats, they can
learn to become accustomed to new
experiences, she said. Patience and
preparation are the keys.
To help your cat be comfortable
Accustom your cat to carriers from Day
Common feline fears comprise the three
Vs: veterinary visits, vaccinations, and
Keeping cat qualms at bay begins at home.
Accustom cats to carriers from day one by
leaving the carrier out all the time so the
cat can explore it at his leisure and discover surprise yummy treats inside it.
Help cats relax at home, in the car, and
at the veterinary clinic with pheromone
sprays, wipes, or diffusers to spread the
chemical message of mother love.