Feline Wellness Center

Our Feline Wellness Center located a few doors down from the main clinic welcomes our cat patients in a quiet and safe environment. We are striving to be a Feline Friendly Practice and encourage you to check out the information below on how to make visits to the vet less stressful for your furry friend.

We know that visiting the vet can be a stressful time for your cat, and therefore, for you. It is easy to get stressed along with your cat, but try to remain calm as he or she can sense your anxiety or frustration, which could in turn make him or her more anxious. There are a few more things you can do to make the process easier on you both:

    • Feline Friendly Practice: At Kailua Animal Clinic, we strive to be a Feline Friendly Practice. This means that we have taken steps to make a more calming environment for your cat. Our staff has been trained in feline-friendly practices, and our Feline Wellness Center is a separate and dedicated area that allows cats to feel calm and safe during their vet visit.
    • Provide familiarity: Remember that familiarity is comfortable for cats. Usually, everything about a vet visit is unfamiliar, and therefore uncomfortable — starting with the car carrier, then traveling in the car, and ending at the veterinary clinic. Allow your cat time to adjust and encourage positive behavior with rewards.
    • Allow adjustment time: You can jumpstart the adjustment process by allowing your cat time to become comfortable with the carrier before it is time to travel. Putting the carrier in familiar territory (wherever your cat likes to hang out at home) and making the carrier itself more familiar (adding soft items or favorite toys) will ease the process. Allow your cat the time he or she needs to adjust, be it days or weeks, and continue to reward positive behavior.
    • Find a carrier: Choosing the best carrier will also help the traveling experience. The best carriers are sturdy and secure, and open from multiple places: from the top, front, and even the middle. Removing the top allows a fearful cat to remain inside during an exam. Remember to buckle up the carrier in the car to keep your cat safe!
    • Take it easy back at home: Following your visit to the clinic, take care to reintroduce your cat back into the home. As cats are sensitive to smells, any new and unfamiliar scent coming home with the returning cat might cause conflict with the cats that remained at home. Leaving the cat in the carrier for a few moments to notice reactions from your other cats. If you sense tension, move the cat in the carrier to a separate room stocked with food, water, and a litter box for at least 24 hours. This time will allow him or her to reacquire the familiar smells of your home.

For more information about Cat Friendly Practices, visit this site.

For more resources, visit catfriendly.com and check out this poster.