Does my indoor only cat still need vaccines?
Even though indoor cats are at less risk then outdoor cats, they are still at risk for coming in contact with disease pathogens. North Carolina requires all pets to be up-to-date on their rabies vaccines. This includes cats that are strictly indoors. Our veterinarians can determine which vaccines your cat needs based on their lifestyle and age. Indoor cats are also susceptible to intestinal parasites, which they can get from accidently ingesting contaminated potting soil or ingesting insects. We recommend year round preventative and dewormer for all pets in your household.
Tips for bringing your cat to the vet
Bringing your cat to the vet doesn't have to be a stressful event. We carry a variety of pheromone products that can help your cat relax, and our veterinarians can also prescribe medications to help calm your cat. Contact us to find out more.
Before your visit
- Carriers that open from the top make it easiest to place your cat inside. A carrier with a removable top can help your cat feel more secure as they may be able to remain inside throughout the exam.
- Acclimate your cat to the carrier before your visit. You can place your cat's favorite treats inside and allow your cat to explore and acclimate to it.
- If your cat gets particularly stressed, contact us to find out more information about pheromone products or medications to help ease your cat's stress.
During the car ride
- Having your cat in a carrier during the car ride is the safest and least stressful way for your cat to travel.
- Placing a towel over the carrier can help reduce stress and motion sickness.
- If your cat gets motion sickness, withhold food for several hours before your trip.
During the exam
- We're practicing fear free techniques to make your pet's visit with us as happy as possible. When you come in with your cat, we'll do our best to usher you directly into a room so your cat doesn't have to be stressed waiting in our lobby.
- If you do have to wait with your cat, we'll ask if we can cover your cat carrier with a towel sprayed with calming pheromones. Placing your cat's carrier on a bench, versus the floor, can also help them feel more safe.
- Many cats prefer to stay in their carrier during their visit. We will do our best to accommodate your cat's needs.
- If your cat has a particularly favorite toy or treat, bring it with you to make your cat feel more relaxed in the exam room.