Before the appointment time, please make sure your pet is restricted to a place where we can easily get to him or her. Bear in mind that cats may run from room to room, or hide behind or under furniture or large appliances, and it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to get them out. Starting the exam after such a chase is not restful for your cat!
In most houses, the bathroom can be a good spot for a cat to wait for our appointment. You can put your cat in a carrier if you prefer, although some cats get anxious in them. It’s ideal to provide a shelter– such as a cardboard box– that feels safe to your pet, but which is not an immovable hiding place. Some delicious snacks can help to create pleasant associations with the space.
If possible, try to keep the environment peaceful and maintain a typical routine before I arrive. Scheduling a contractor for the same day, for example, is not ideal. You will know best how to help your pet stay calm before the appointment.
Your pet’s exam can take place anywhere in the house that is convenient and comfortable for you and your pet. Most of the time, the floor works fine for me. Cats tend to do best in smaller enclosed spaces without hiding places, such as the bathroom.
We have much more time for in-depth discussion and assessment in a housecall. You can expect that the first appointment will take about 45 minutes to an hour for one pet. Multiple-pet exams generally average 30-45 minutes per pet, depending on age and medical issues. Behavior consultations, acupuncture, or special procedures may take longer.
I will give you a one-hour window for my arrival, during which I may arrive at any time. Please let me know when you schedule your appointment if you have any time constraints, and feel free to ask me to call or text you when I am on the way, if that will be helpful.