How worried is your cat about going to the veterinarian? Some cats seem to become anxious even as you make the appointment for a routine exam, weeks before the actual visit. Other cats don’t get distressed at all, or seem to – and even enjoy the process of getting into a carrier for a car ride. Where does your cat fall on the scale? I believe some cats are SO anxious about the carrier and car ride, they truly believe they are going to die.
Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter and myself are working on a project to as objectively as possible measure and monitor cats’ stress before seeing the vet.
Included in the survey is a description of what stress or anxiety in cats looks like. Cats can fool us, not appearing distressed when they are in fact quite anxious.
Ultimately, Dr. DePorter and I will craft protocols to ease anxiety before vet visits.
For many, anxiety might create a barrier to future vet visits (one reason preventive care is one the decline). And obviously anxious pets are not happy, and no one wants unhappy pets. We know the problem exists (there’s already some data). But we want to know – first with cats (and later with dogs) – how bad the problem is.
Please help us to help cats.
To receive the the survey, Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send the survey back to Dr. Deporter via fax: 248-334-3693
Or email Dr. DePorter: TheresaDVM@aol.com
Surveys should be completed after arriving home following that visit to the vet. Only fully completed forms received within a week after your cats’ vet visit will be used for analysis.
(And please help Dr. DePorter and myself to spread the word – feel free to share with cat loving friends)