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Established in 1977
Serving Vancouver, WA and the surrounding areas
Feline Medical Clinic
5801 NE 105th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98662
*Celebrating 40 years of business 1977-2017*
Low Stress Handling
At the Feline Medical Clinic, we strive to keep our patients as stress-free as possible. You may have noticed some changes around the clinic and in the way we are handling cats. We wanted to take a few minutes to talk about why we are doing things a bit differently and why it is so important. We know coming to the clinic can be stressful for both you and your cat, and we are committed to decreasing the stress and anxiety associated with these visits. We have added Feliway towels in the lobby and Feliway diffusers in the rooms. We are offering treats and are handling cats in the most stress-free way possible.
If you have any questions about this process, why we are doing things a bit differently, or perhaps why we ask you to let us handle the cats, please do not hesitate to ask! Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this new way of cat handling! If there is anything you think we can do to make the experience better for you and your cat, please do not hesitate to let us know!
Another thing we are doing around the clinic, for our hospitalized and lodging patients, is using the iCalmCat. iCalmCat is classical music that has been identified to have soothing effects on cats. The repeating melodies bring consistency and familiarity while the high pitch arousing frequencies are reduced and the calming lower pitch frequencies are increased.
For more information about iCalmCat: http://throughadogsear.com/icalm-cat/icalmcat-landing-jan/
Creating a low stress visit starts at home!
We know going to the veterinary clinic can be a stressful event for everyone but with a few tips and tricks we can make getting to the clinic less stressful. First off, and this is a big one, it is extremely important to get your cat used to the carrier. We want the carrier to become a nice, safe space for your cat. To do this, get a carrier you like and leave it out in the living room (or another room the cat frequents often). You can put beds in it and encourage your cat to go inside with treats, catnip, or toys. No need to close the cat in the carrier; the goal is simply to make the carrier a nice fun space. Then when you need to come visit us at the clinic you can simply throw some catnip or a few treats in the carrier and your cat will go running. You then close the door and come see us. By doing this you can eliminate the response that happens when most cats see the carrier and run/hide. This works best when started from kittenhood. For adult cats who are afraid of the carrier already this sometimes requires getting a new carrier.
The second thing to do is place a towel over the carrier once you leave the house. Decreasing the stimulation of what your cat sees/hears will help decrease the stress on the drive to the clinic and make your cat feel more comfortable.
Third, using Feliway, the synthetic cat pheromone, can help keep your cat calm during the ride. Feliway mimics the pheromone cats release when they happy and relaxed. You can spray it inside the carrier or the towel covering the carrier but make sure to wait 15 minutes before you encourage your cat to get into the carrier so the alcohol in the Feliway can evaporate.
If you feel like your cat will be stressed in the waiting room feel free to wait in the car with your cat but please let us know. Please keep your cat in the carrier until you are in the exam room.
If your cat has a favorite treat or snack please bring it with you so we can help create a positive experience in the clinic!
Finally, even with all the tips and tricks above, some of our feline friends are simply too stressed to come see us. If you think your cat may benefit from sedation prior to the veterinary visit, please let us know so we can discuss if further.