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National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day (in a Sleepypod!)

Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. And while you don’t need to rush right out with your cat at this very moment, the day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of regular vet visits for your cat.

And we’re celebrating the day by giving away a Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed! (The giveaway is now closed.)

This post is sponsored by Sleepypod because they believe vet visits for your cat are important.

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Sophie visits the vet.

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Reasons to Take Your Cat to the Vet

Most cat parents know that you should take your cat to the vet when it’s sick. But do you also take your cat in for regular vet visits?

If not, here are some reasons to take your cat to the vet regularly:

Catch illness early: Cats are known to hide pain and illness. So, a routine visit to the vet may catch something earlier than waiting until they show outward signs of illness.

tortie cat at vet's office
Olive explores the exam room.

Vaccinations: It’s important to keep vaccinations current, even if you have indoor-only cats (or just one cat). If you visit a friend’s kitty or a cat cafe, for example, you don’t want to risk bringing home any diseases to your own furry feline.

Flea control: Maybe you have an indoor-only cat. But those little buggers could still hop a ride on your pants or shoes and find their way into your house. (I had a friend with no pets, but she still found fleas in her carpet once). Regular vet visits will ensure your cat is up-to-date on flea treatment and prescriptions, if one is needed.

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Woodrow agrees, “Just say no to fleas!”

Dental checkups: Periodontal disease is a common dental ailment in cats. It’s important that your vet can regularly check for dental issues before they become too advanced.

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Woodrow shows off his pearly whites.

Claw maintenance: If you can’t do it at home, you may find it easier to have your cat’s nails trimmed at the vet. It’s important to keep their nails trimmed so the quick, where the nerves and blood vessels are, doesn’t grow too long (which means you won’t be able to cut them as short anymore). Having a scratcher or two at home is also good for claw maintenance.

Keep weight in check: According to Cornell University, feline obesity is “the most frequently observed nutritional disorder among domestic cats.” They also advise that it is a growing problem. So, regular vet visits will allow your cat’s weight to be assessed on a routine basis and also address any diet changes that may be needed.

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Sophie checks her weight during her annual exam.

These are just some of the reasons to consider taking your cat to the vet annually. With senior cats, you may even go twice a year.

But now let’s look at one specific reason why some may avoid the vet.

One Common Reason Why Cat Parents May Avoid the Vet

While there could be numerous reasons why a cat parent doesn’t take their cat in regularly, one common reason given for intentionally avoiding the vet is “My cat gets stressed out going to the vet!”

I hear that! I never want my cats in distress, so I understand. But I also want what’s best for my cats, which means taking them in for regular vet checkups.

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Dexter’s face when he hears the word V-E-T.

So, how can you, as the cat parent, do what’s best for your cat while also helping to reduce their stress? That’s where Sleepypod comes in!

Reducing Stress with Sleepypod

If you haven’t heard of the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed before, it’s a pet bed and a pet carrier!

At the house, we leave the Sleepypod beds out 24/7, and the cats love lounging in them. Then, when it’s time to head to the vet, the cats get to travel in the comfort of that same bed that they’re used to.

While each cat travels to the vet in their own carrier, Sophie has been known to climb into Dexter’s carrier at the vet’s office for some added comfort.

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Dexter and Sophie at the vet in a Sleepypod.

Safe with Sleepypod

Sleepypod takes safety seriously, so their mobile pet bed is also a crash-tested car seat. The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed has been independently tested and certified with a 5-star rating by the Center of Pet Safety for pets 15 pounds and under.

Here are some of the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed’s features:

  • It’s a pet bed when at home.
  • But a pet carrier while traveling.
  • It buckles into the car and is crash-tested for safety.
  • Ideal for pets 15 pounds or less (which means it’s good for small dogs, too!).
  • Removable and washable black ultra plush bedding included.
  • Also included are a foam insert, shoulder strap, safety tether, and PPRS Handilock.
  • You can read more about safety on the Sleepypod website as well as sizing.

Visiting the Vet in Style

The last time I took one of my cats to the vet, I was stopped four different times by people asking about the cat carrier. The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is so stylish and unique that people can’t help but ask about it!

And being so stylish means it’s pleasing to look at while it’s used as a pet bed in your house. It comes in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one that matches your décor.

take your cat to the vet in a sleepypod mobile pet bed

If you’re interested in purchasing a Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed, you can check them out on Amazon or at Sleepypod’s website.

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed on Amazon
Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed on Sleepypod.com

Sleepypod Giveaway

(The giveaway is now closed.)

In honor of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Sleepypod is giving away one mobile pet bed! The winner can choose from the available colors in stock.

The giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada (full details below).

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Sophie snoozing at home in her Sleepypod.

Requirements to enter the giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to the Cat Lady Alley newsletter via the Newsletter Signup form below. If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, great! You don’t need to subscribe again. If you’re a new subscriber, you must confirm your subscription, so check your spam folder! (Form now removed.)
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post about anything! Example: What do you like most about the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed?
  3. For Canadian entrants only: You must answer the skill question in the Rafflecopter widget below. U.S. entrants, feel free to take an extra entry by answering as well, although it’s not required.

The giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email on Sunday, August 27, 2023 after 5:00pm Pacific. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize through email. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed, valued at $224.99 USD, will be sent to the winner from Sleepypod. The winner can choose from the available colors in stock. The giveaway closes on August 27, 2023 at 5:00pm Pacific.

Regarding Canadian entrants: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

Bonus entries through the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Sophie and Dexter. Two peas in a (Sleepy)pod.

Is your cat stressed out by vet visits?

Olive, our tortie, really dislikes vet visits. Sophie and Dexter tolerate them, but they don’t enjoy them. Woodrow is our easy-going cat and considers it like any other day of the week.


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45 Comments

  1. I don’t have one, but I like everything I have read about the SleepyPod. I have 7 cats at the moment. I always have several homeless cats I let move in.

  2. Sleepypod would be ideal! Using a regular carrier requires setting it out to get kitty used to it before outing. A pod could be left out as a bed making travel so much easier.

  3. I like the shape of the Sleepy pod and think it would be calming for my cat when having to ride in the car.

  4. I have always loved SLEEPYPODs – they are so well designed and look quite comfy with plenty of air and safety for our pets BUT Teddy is a 30-lb. cat and I’m not sure he would fit in one!!

    Hugs, Pam

  5. I like that the sleepy pod carrier is roomier than a regular cat /pet carrier and your cat can see you better and not be as anxious. Love the Light Blue one the best

  6. I love that it is a bed and carrier! My Harley would be familiar with it when transporting him. I also like that there is a strap for the seatbelt

  7. What a great design! Love that the cats can feel a little safer in the sleepy pod when at the vet and use it comfortably at home too.

  8. The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed would make life easier for my nervous black cat who needs a vet visit soon and a comfortable and safe carrier to make that happen.

  9. My Molly is 15 and to say she gets stressed by a visit to see the vet is a vast understatement. This looks like it is exactly what we have been wanting to ease her discomfort.

  10. Great post about vet visits! Cats really do hide when they are not feeling well or they show it in really odd ways. New behavior is always great to bring up at the vet. Leon and Luna could really use a Sleepypod carrier like this because lugging two plastic cat carriers in to the vet at once is no small feat.

  11. I like the Sleepypod because it looks like a comfy bed. I know my cat would love to nap in it or sleep in it all day. They would be comfortable and going to the vet would be less frightening for him.

  12. I’ve been wanting a sleepypod fir my cats fir a while now. I really think they would prefer this to their regular carrier.

  13. I love that the sleepy pod is 3 products in 1! It is pet bed(so they are comfortable) pet carrier(to take to the vet, for emergencies etc) and a crash-tested car seat (safety is a top priority). Thank you for the opportunity to win this 🐾💕 my cat would absolutely love it

  14. The Sleepypod is so cool. Ava is not a fan of going to the vet, but she is definitely a trouper. Maybe going in style in something that’s more familiar and comfy will help. Funny fact, though … we leave her carrier out all the time, and it is like her secret superheroine cat cave.