Vet Checklist: Your Cat's First Visit
One of our responsibilities as cat owners is making sure our pets are kept healthy. Keeping up with vaccinations and vet check-ups are crucial to your pet's well-being. Below is a checklist of what you might want to keep in mind when choosing and visiting your vet.
First, find the right veterinarian, based on referrals from friends and family or online research.
Call the vet's office to make an appointment and to find out what the fees are for various procedures so you're not shocked when the bill comes.
Write down all your concerns so you're ready when the vet asks if you have questions.
Bring a fecal sample with you so the vet can examine it for worms.
Make sure you have a secure carrier for your cat and ferry him to the vet's office in it.
Arrive on time for your appointment, because many vets' offices are quite busy.
If you have health and vaccination records, bring them with you and have the receptionist start your cat's health file with them.
During the appointment, let the vet handle your pet on her own - any physical interference by you can be a distraction. Take this time to ask your questions.
When you're satisfied with your visit and feel confident you can complete any actions the vet wants you to take, it's time to wrap it up.
Pay your bill and be sure to ask the vet when she thinks your pet's next appointment should be. If you have a kitten, it may be as soon as a few weeks, but older cats may not need more than an annual check-up.
Re-crate your cat and transport him home.
When you get home, comfort kitty and let him relax after the experience.