International Cat Care, in partnership with Ceva, has developed a set of handling videos for both vets and nurses, and for owners. The videos detail best practice handling techniques and approaches, and are designed to reduce stress for cats and improve safety in vet clinics, and also to help build a bond between owners and cats at home.
All our handling videos can be accessed on our YouTube channel
Interacting with cats
- Approaching a cat
- How to touch and stroke a cat
- Things to avoid when handling a cat
- Handling your cat for grooming
- Handling kittens
Handling your cat at home
- Encouraging your cat to be happy in a cat carrier
- Getting your cat used to travel
- Putting your cat in a cat carrier
- Helping your cat to accept having its ears checked
- Helping your cat to accept having its mouth checked
- Helping your cat to accept having its coat checked
- Helping your cat to accept having its paws checked and claws clipped
- Helping your cat to accept having its eyes checked
For the veterinary clinic
Handling in the veterinary clinic
- Greeting and assessing the cat while it is in the carrier
- Removing a cat from the carrier
- Recognising and responding to signs of a happy cat
- Placing a cat in a cat carrier
- Performing a feline health examination
- Removing a cat from a veterinary cage
- Weighing a cat
- Towel wrapping a cat
- Taking a cat’s temperature
- Administering oral products to cats
- Administering cat spot-on products
- Administering aural products to cats
- Blood sampling a cat
- Intravenous catheter placement in a cat
- Administering ocular products to cats
More about cat handling
Handling cats can be difficult because they are seldom happy about being restrained and can become very fearful if they feel they are not in control of their own safety. Sometimes this can result in panic, frustration or escalate into defensive aggression. Handling at home, for grooming or getting the cat into the cat carrier, for example, can be a stressful experience for both cats and their owners. Essential handling at the veterinary clinic can be difficult for cats to cope with as they are likely to already be hyper-vigilant and may not be used to being handled by unfamiliar people. Rushed, rough or forceful handling is never the answer. For cats ‘less is more’ and finding ways to work with them is key. It is amazing how much can be achieved with the right attitude and knowledge of how to approach and hold the cat. International Cat Care advocates respectful and gentle handling in its Cat Friendly Clinic programme (knowledge of the AAFP/ISFM feline-friendly handling guidelines is required) and in its recent ‘scruff-free’ campaign. Advice on the best way to handle cats has been highlighted as a topic of huge interest by both vets and vet nurses.
With this in mind, for the past year, International Cat Care, in partnership with Ceva, has been developing a set of handling videos for both vets and nurses, and for owners. Working with behaviour and training experts Dr Sarah Ellis and Linda Ryan, and with feline veterinary Specialists Martha Cannon and Dr Sam Taylor, and ophthalmologist Christine Heinrich, the team has developed 29 videos in total.
For the veterinary team, there are 16 videos covering many aspects of handling cats in the clinic, from assessing the cat while in the carrier to handling for blood sampling, intravenous catheter placement and administering oral, aural and ocular products. Tips on towel wrapping to assist handling in a comfortable way for the cat are also covered.
For owners, there are 13 videos covering two different areas, interacting with cats and handling cats. Particular attention is paid to getting cats used to going in the cat carrier and travelling – cats can be helped to understand that entering and spending time in their cat carrier is a positive experience. A number of the videos cover helping owners to get their cats accustomed to having ears, eyes, mouth, paws/claws and coat checked to improve handing at home, but also in the veterinary clinic. Of course, these are not just for owners, as the information is useful for the veterinary team to know in order to help owners prepare for veterinary visits as well as care at home.