By nature, your cat has a solitary, independent spirit. Just like their big cat cousins in the wild, they're used to looking after themselves. But sometimes they need a little help. That’s why it’s important to take them to the vet if you’re worried about their health.
Be prepared by keeping the contact details for your local vet easily to hand, including their opening hours and instructions for after-hours emergencies. Don’t forget, if you’re not able to take your cat to the clinic, your vet may still be able to give you advice you over the phone.
If you think your cat might need an anaesthetic, you can help the vet by making sure they don't eat or drink anything before you set off And, even if it’s an emergency, try to call your vet first to say you're on the way. This will give them the time they need to prepare for your arrival.
Making the journey comfortable
For your cat's safety, it’s important to keep them properly contained while you're travelling. The best thing to use is a lockable cat carrier. If you don’t have a carrier, use a strong cardboard box instead. Make sure you cut or punch some small holes for ventilation, and tie it firmly shut so your cats can’t jump out.
It’s natural for you to worry about your cat's comfort during the journey, but don’t put too much cushioning inside the carrier or box – if you do, there’ll be no room for your cat! An old sweater, or a few layers of newspaper, are all they need.
Whether it’s a routine visit to the vet, or an emergency, above all remember to stay calm. By using soothing words and giving them a familiar toy, you’ll help your cat to feel as comfortable as possible.