Handling Anxious/Scared Cats

Just as in people, our lovely fur babies can experience anxiety and can become very stressed in certain situations. If you’re concerned that your cat may be experiencing anxiety, there are some signs you can watch for, such as; trembling, withdrawal or hiding, diarrhea, becoming less active etc. Luckily, there are some ways you can help your kitty out during these tough times!

Thundershirts for Cats
A thundershirt for cats is a kitty sized compression vest that applies gentle, constant pressure to your cat while wearing it. It has been reported this pressure can calm anxiety and stress in animals. Although thundershirts have been proven useful for dogs, not many studies have been done on cat thundershirts, so if you have a fidgety kitty, you may want to try another option!

Cat Calming Pheromone Diffusers
Cat pheromone diffusers such as the Feliway diffuser, are a great option for helping relieve your cat’s anxiety within your home. Essentially, these pheromone diffusers release a synthetic version of the feline facial pheromones, which has been shown to aid in anxiety for cats. Another option for the Feliway diffuser is the MultiCat diffuser, which is specifically targeted towards multi-cat households and providing harmony amongst the other cats! These diffusers use a synthetic version of the pheromone mother cats give off while nursing kittens.

Training and Playtime
Playing with your cat or training them to do certain tasks has been shown to do wonders for their anxiety! Positive interaction with their owners, especially at a young age, can have a very positive effect on growing kittens and help them feel more secure. Scratching posts, feathers, laser pointers are just some of the different cat toys you can try experimenting with to find one that works best for the both of you!

If you notice your kitty only ever seems to get anxious when it to comes time to visit the vet, there are some ways you can help beforehand, so when it comes the time, it will be an easier experience for both of you. You can introduce your cat to their crate by having it out in a place where they can smell and get a feel for it, so it won’t be such a struggle to get them in and out! Another option is taking your cat for car rides or walks if you are both comfortable enough. It gets them introduced to the “outside world,” so it doesn’t seem as big and scary for when they do have to come and visit the vet!

Written by: Bailie Henderson, CCR



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Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED