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Reducing stress (visits to practice)

Contributor(s): Karen Overall, Lisa Radosta

Introduction

  • Most cats are fearful and/or anxious at the veterinary clinic. Simple changes can make a big difference in the stress level of feline patients resulting in less restraint Handling cats: to minimize stress, less bites and happier patients and clients.
  • Strategies include flexibility in location and structure of the physical examination, type of restraint and judicious use of anti-anxiety medications.
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Fear associated with veterinary visits

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Physical examination findings

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Changing the way we practice

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General interventions

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Preparing for and engaging in the veterinary visit

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Mariti C, Guerrini F, Vallini V et al (2017) The perception of cat stress by Italian owners. J Vet Behav Clin Appl Res 20, 74-81 VetMedResource.
  • Mariti C, Bowen J E, Campa S et al (2016) Guardians' Perceptions of Cats' Welfare and Behavior Regarding Visiting Veterinary Clinics.​ J Appl Anim Welf Sci 19 (4), 375-384 PubMed.
  • Hammerle M, Horst C, Levine E et al (2015) 2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines. JAAHA 51 (4), 205-221 PubMed.
  • Rodan I, Sundahl E, Carney H et al (2011) AAFP and ISFM feline-friendly handling guidelines. J Feline Med Surg 13 (5), 364–375 PubMed.
  • Pizzorusso T (2009) Neuroscience. Erasing fear memories. Science 325 (5945), 1214–1215 PubMed.
  • Overall K L, Rodan I, Beaver V et al (2005) Feline behavioral guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practioners. J Am Vet Med Assoc 227 (1), 70-84 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Overall K L (2013) Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, Elsevier.

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