Cat handling and associated stress: a clinical nursing perspective

Published on Mar 3, 2016in Veterinary Nursing Journal
· DOI :10.1080/17415349.2015.1128859
Lauren Williams1
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AbstractCats are becoming more popular as pets, possibly because they are seen as more suitable for households in which both ‘parents’ are working– but that is a discussion for another day! Certainly, where I am based in London, research by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PMFA) shows that the cat population has increased from 10% in 2013 to 12% in 2014 ( With this in mind, it is up to us to help our clients understand their feline pets better and in turn provide the best care for our patients. However, many owners may be disinclined to bring their cats to the veterinary practice due to worries about their pet’s mental well-being. This can be detrimental to the cat’s health, as treatable conditions may be left too long for viable treatment options to be used.In this article, I intend to focus on stress-free handling and management of cats in the practice situation.
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Published on May 1, 2011in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery1.58
Ilona Rodan14
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Eliza Sundahl3
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+ 5 AuthorsSophia Yin1
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Background The number of pet cats is increasing in most countries, often outnumbering pet dogs, yet cats receive less veterinary care than their canine counterparts.1 Clients state the difficulty of getting the cat into a carrier at home, driving to the clinic, and dealing with the fearful cat at the veterinary clinic as reasons for fewer visits.2 Educating and preparing the client and the veterinary team with regard to respectful feline handling is necessary in order to avoid stress and accompl...
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Published on Apr 3, 2018in Veterinary Nursing Journal
AbstractPart 1 explored the effect stress can have on our patients and some practices which can be implemented to reduce stress whilst at the hospital. Part 2 evaluates how well we can measure and perceive levels of stress and further ideas on how to limit and prevent stress, based on evidence-based research.
Published on Feb 1, 2017in Veterinary Nursing Journal
Mary Ellen Goldberg1
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AbstractChronic pain is subtle and more difficult to recognise in both dog and cat patients. As veterinary nurses, we need to recognise both signs of chronic and neuropathic pain. Low-stress handling techniques should be employed with cats to reduce pain and distress that could exacerbate a pain state. While not many validated chronic pain scales are available for cats, assessment and recognition of feline chronic pain has been well described. Feline chronic pain conditions can be degenerative j...
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