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Dear Christopher Cat

Our cat Calli is wonderful at home, but she turns into a monster at the vet’s. She bit the last veterinarian she saw.

I want to continue Calli’s annual check-ups, and I’d like the vet to be able to treat her if she gets sick. What can we do?

Christopher Responds

Sometimes Mom takes me to the animal hospital, and while it’s not as pleasurable as physical exams at home, I’m always on my best behavior. Perhaps I should have a talk with Calli.

If you’d rather I not give her a stern lecture, consider these options.

Have a housecall veterinarian come to your home. Calli may feel less stressed in her own environment – and without the car ride to the animal hospital.

If your area isn’t served by a housecall vet, buy an air muzzle, a clear plastic globe that fits comfortably over Calli’s head. Put it on in the car, just before you enter the animal hospital.

The air muzzle will allow Calli’s veterinarian to examine her and even draw blood without fear of being bitten.

Few pet supply stores carry air muzzles, but you can find one on the Internet by searching on cat air muzzle.

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