Friday, June 24, 2011

Why Cats Hate the Vet

A few of you might have noticed that your cats are not exactly keen on coming to visit us here at Cat's Meow Veterinary Clinic. Well, maybe that's more than a few. Perhaps even most.

I'd sure love it if they all had dog-like enthusiasm toward new and different experiences, people, and places. But they are cats, and their brains work differently than ours or dogs' do. When frightened, cats tend to revert to behavior more like that of their Felis sylvestris lybica ancestors, and that poses special challenges for us when it comes to handling, examining, and treating them.

Amy Shojai has written an excellent article on this vet-related behavior problem and how to address it, and I highly recommend reading it.