Your cat’s first vet visit

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So you have a new cat, and she needs a medical examination. When you first visit vet, your veterinarian will take the lead and give you some basic information, and will probably go through a fairly standard routine.

More than 90% of the information you need, however, will be based on the questions you ask your veterinarian. Somewhere, generally towards the end of the medical examination, your veterinarian will ask you if you have any questions.

Usually, at this time, your adrenaline was pumping, and you were overloaded. Your cat has been underlined and if you have … you are both ready to go. Do not let this opportunity pass you by.

Take this time to take the lead, and ask your questions. What questions? Well, those who will forget you if you have not already written them. Yes, write them now.

Much of the information being distributed today on feline diet, health and cat care in general is either based on fear (eg raw meat diets, vaccination fowl), or lucrative based (Ie advertising). It is important, therefore, to get your veterinarian to take on some of these issues.

Here is a list of questions you can use to formulate your questions. This is far from exhaustive and you will probably have some specific ones of your own.

The important thing is that this will spark a dialogue between you and your veterinarian that will help you both to better take care of your cat.

Here are some topics to create your questions around …

Immunization Options: There are options for both type and schedule, and there are risks, so make sure you know what your veterinarian recommends for your cat.

Food and nutrition: ask questions about food and brands of cat as they are not all the same. What about alternatives like homemade cat food, raw meat diets, and food table remnants?

Common Cat Owner Errors: Ask your veterinarian which common mistakes to avoid.

Emergency procedures: Find out what emergency procedures your vet has now, if you need it later.

Inside or Outside: This is a great subject as it greatly affects your life, and the lifespan of your cat.

Cat Litter and Box Litter: Many choices can be reduced to just a few by asking your veterinarian for advice. This will definitely help you on how to stop cats from spraying.

Common diseases and their signs: Understanding what common signs of the disease are will help you detect problems in your cat early, and can save life someday.

Use the list above to get started. As you write your questions, others will come to you. Write them down, even if the answers seem obvious.