Skip to Content

How do I stop my cat from being aggressive after a vet visit?

If your cat is exhibiting aggression after a vet visit, there are a few steps you can take to help your cat feel more comfortable and reduce the aggression.

First, it is important to recognize that aggression after a vet visit is common in cats, as they may be feeling anxious or stressed from being in a strange environment and being handled and examined by people they are not used to.

To reduce this aggression, make sure to make your cat’s home environment as calming and comfortable as possible. This might include providing areas to hide in, like cat trees, cardboard boxes, and blankets, as well as places to scratch on, like scratching posts and cardboard scratchers.

You can also provide comforting aromatherapy, like catnip or valerian, and play calming music to help your cat relax.

Additionally, make sure to provide plenty of opportunities for your cat to interact with you. Brush them regularly, play with them, and give lots of treats and toys to foster trust and a strong bond.

Keep in mind that cats need a certain amount of alone time, so make sure to give them their own quiet space away from the noise of the house.

You can also work with your vet to make overcoming their aggression easier. Consider booking multiple appointments at the same time, if possible, so your cat can become familiar with the vet’s office.

Talk to your vet about their results, and if need be, your vet may also be able to prescribe calming medications.

Finally, keep in mind that it can take time for your cat to become comfortable again, so be as patient and understanding as you can. With a little bit of time and effort, you can help reduce your cat’s aggression and ensure they feel safe and secure.