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Your Cat’s First Veterinary Visit

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Kitten's First Vet Visit

It’s exciting when you get a new cat or kitten! You know that one of the first steps to making sure your relationship is happy, healthy, and long, is to make an appointment for a vet checkup. On your first vet visit, your vet will give you some basic information. She or he will go through a fairly standard routine to make sure your pet is healthy and stays that way.

Prep Your Cat Questions In Advance

Usually, at some point, your vet will ask if you have any questions. And you will – but sometimes in the excitement and stress of getting your pet to the clinic, they’ll slip your mind. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your questions answered and your fears set aside.

From the moment you decide to bring this cat into your family as a new member, concerns and questions will come to mind. Write them down. If you don’t, you’ll be frustrated with yourself after your vet visit when you realize you had a perfect chance to ask your questions and missed it.

There’s so much information out there on cat health, care, and diet, and some of it is wrong. You may have specific questions about your breed of cat, litter training, or other topics. Your vet can often suggest safe forms of food, toys, and other products.

Some Questions You Might Want To Ask

  • What are the vaccination options for my cat? What type of vaccinations are required, and on what schedule? What will the cost of vaccinations be?
  • What are common diseases and health problems in cats? What should I watch out for?
  • What commercial cat foods are best? Should I use a raw meat diet? What kind of treats are best? Are there any people foods that are dangerous to my cat?
  • What common cat owner mistakes should I avoid?
  • What are my vet’s emergency procedures?
  • Do you have any specific advice about litter or litter boxes? What you think about composting kitty litter? Is there a special type of litter I should use?
  • What do you think about indoors cats versus outdoors?

Team Up With Your Vet To Give Your Cat A Long Life

The purpose of this list is just to get you started. Many veterinary practices offer a blog or articles on their website that can answer some of these questions. The important thing is to make sure that you enter into a dialogue with your vet that will help both of you keep your cat healthy. This kind of teamwork helps your pet with a long life with you.

2 comments

  1. patricia thomas says:

    I have 2 British short hair cats. they run from every one and everything . I’m sure they have fleas or allergic reaction to food. I have done everything I know to do. they are hard to catch. They are house cats we love them so much and try everything we can to hel them not be afraid. I would love a visit with you. trying to find a transportation way we have everything carring bags etc. they are scared of everything except their room. any ideas.

    • Dr. Karel says:

      Hi. Several things you can do to reduce the stress of traveling to the vet. We have a spray called Feliway that will calm your kitties. You can spray it in the carrier and on a towel used to cover the carrier. Please make sure you have carriers that are solid, plastic with easily removable lids. Cats don’t like soft carriers because the sides collapse onto them. Cover the carrier with a Feliway-sprayed towel. I can prescribe medications to calm your kitties but I do like to see them first. If that is impossible, I can give you some non-prescription meds to help calms them. Also, you may want to investigate having Feliway diffusers in your home to help with your cats’ nerves. I hope this helps.

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