Miky doesn't seem to like them. I took him to a vet only a couple of times and he was stressed out both the trips. Is there anything to minimize the stress? I don't have to take him to a vet now thank god but I want to be prepared for the next time!
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Vincent doesn't really care, he's a laidback fella. Emotion: big smile Magnus gets tense but I don't know how to deal with it.
Most cats don't like them, most animals actually. they're smart!!! You can try alcohol free rescue remedy for calming or you could get a calming collar. There are some homeopathic products for easing travel tension and sickness.
I was lucky, my vet here in Malta used to come to my house. Emotion: phew
But I agree with alfinnlay, those are some really good ideas!
Some people don't like to visit doctors, and some cats don't like to visit vets. That's how it is. Emotion: smile Catnip, ginseng, lavender and chamomile are the natural calming remedies I know of.

Catnip - can be administered fresh or dried,
Genseng - can be administered whole and fresh, dried or in capsules,
Lavender - put a drop of lavender essential oil on your cat's favorite toy and let the cat play with it,
Chamomile - can be administered in your cat's food, or you can make up a tea and dilute it into the cat's water.
LaurenCatnip - can be administered fresh or dried,
Genseng - can be administered whole and fresh, dried or in capsules,
Lavender - put a drop of lavender essential oil on your cat's favorite toy and let the cat play with it,
Chamomile - can be administered in your cat's food, or you can make up a tea and dilute it into the cat's water.
Fantastic, I will certainly try these next time! Thank you!
I hate to say this but don't use ANY essential oils like lavender or anything at all. they are highly toxic to cats and do damage to their livers. The info is available on the internet about that on many aromatherapists websites and if you call some and ask them, they'll tell you that. Plus several of my members are nurses and registered aromatherapists and they stress this often.

Essential Oils - Beware of using ANY product marketed for cats with essential oils and especially tea tree oils. They are toxic and not at all safe! Tea tree oil (melaleuca, melaleuca alternifolia) is a phenol-containing essential oil. Its active ingredients are cyclic terpenes which have a similar structure and action to turpentine (paint thinner). Cats are uniquely sensitive to phenolics and other benzene-
based compounds. Benzyl alcohol (a preservative) is toxic to cats. Products being marketed with Tea Tree Oil such as shampoos, flea treatments, soaps, etc. are not safe to use, regardless of the company's claim that it is.

Tea Tree oil is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and skin. In addition, cats have relatively thin, delicate skin and tea tree oil is highly lipophilic (attracted to fats, solvent). This means that the oil is absorbed rapidly and enters the bloodstream. Cats are notoriously sensitive to toxins because their livers are not able to metabolize many substances which may safely be used on dogs (cats have been poisoned through use of dog flea preparations). For this reason, a substance shown to be beneficial and safe for humans may be unsuitable for use on cats.

Cats cannot efficiently metabolize substances present in certain essential oils (including tea tree oil). This means that they are not efficiently excreted by the body and can accumulate in soft tissues and vital organs. Over time, the substances can reach toxic levels and can cause symptoms of poisoning or even death. An owner could use tea tree oil in what's supposed to be safe, low concentrations for some time with no symptoms, though the cat is being slowly poisoned as the toxins accumulate. This is similar to the way that heavy metals (e.g. lead, zinc) or poly-chlorinated bi-phenols (PCBs) accumulate in the soft tissues and organs.
http://ibdkitties.net/Toxicunsafe.html

Fresh herbs are fine...MOST of them. There is a great book that tells you what kind of herbs are okay: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1933958782/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=ibki-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkC... . I have that one and it's great.

I have a friend that hand makes something called a calming collar. My kitties have one for times I NEED them to stop being bad. It works so fantastic! Here's my Finney in it: http://ibdkitties.net/giftshops.html
I didn't know this!! So even a tiny viny drop isn't safe? Incredible! Now it seems there are dangers in the simplest things you can think of. Emotion: tongue tied
yes exactly. Even a tiny drop is not good at all. Because their livers cannot filter these things, they build up like toxins. I get so angry at companies that make products for pets with essential oils in them, they say that they check for safety but clearly they don't. or they don't care. Makes me so mad. You have to even be careful of burning essential oils in your house. I don't do that at all. I will burn scented candles but only if I can open a window slightly.
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