Make the best out of your next Vet visit.
Make the best out of your next vet visit.
How to make the best of your next Vet visit. Whether this is your first visit with a new kitten or cat or if it’s a subsequent visit. Ask all those questions that may need answering down the road. This way you don’t have to make any unnecessary visits in the future or chase your vet for answers. Let’s assume this will be your first visit with a brand-new kitten. This visit will entail a general checkup, deworming and initial shots. This is a good time to get all those questions you may have coming up, out of the way. Will you be considering insurance, or perhaps traveling with your feline buddy sometime in the future? What about kitty’s nails? They will need trimming. Do you know if your kitty will be a sofa scratcher yet? So what I’ve prepared here is a list of all those questions and instructions you may require down the road, your Vet or the animal health technician will be happy to address these questions and consider it prudent that you asked. These questions may or may not be pertinent to your situation, but they are all listed here for the asking.
I have several articles on most of these topics in greater detail within my blog. So, I’ve italicized certain keywords in blue, which you may click on, linking you to that very article, just in case you want more information.
* What do they recommend for your kitten?
* At what age should you change from kitten to adult food and what type of food would that be?
* Some foods can be expensive, particularly those sold at a Vet clinic, are there cheaper, or generic brands available at big box stores, which would do the trick?
* What about portion size, frequency and time of day, to best feed?
* Besides giving them, for just the loving sake of it, they are often used as a part of training, or strategic distraction when required. Which are best, or least detrimental let’s say? * * How often and how many may you give? Again, ask about affordable, or homemade ones you can provide.
* What’s a backup brand, or type? Should your initial choice be disagreeable with kitty?
* What are signs, of it being disagreeable?
*Standard practice: Always use dishes which can be thoroughly cleaned, such as ceramic or stainless steel. They should also be cleaned regularly and be sure to leave clean, preferably cool water always available.
* Be sure to get your Vets’ take on Catnip. Olives too are often a delight for cats. These may not be suitable for kittens, perhaps your Vet will suggest to never provide them.
2. Litter and the box.
- Beyond the basic box and scooper, which work just fine. What type of litter should you use? There are so many to chose from.
- Is the recommended one, suitable for adult cats? Do you need to change the type when kitty becomes an adult?
- What about added deodorizes, such as baking soda? Or scented litters?
- How frequently should you both clean and change the litter completely?
- Do you have more than one cat? Is one litter box sufficient?
- Is your cat already litter trained? If not, what is the best way to train your kitty to use it?
- Are there any backup recommendations, should your kitty find the litter type disagreeable?
- Nail clipping. How often? What type of nail clipper do they recommend? How best to clip the nails? Ask for a demonstration on one nail. It’s important you understand and recognize the nail anatomy, so you know exactly where to clip.
- Recommended frequency, type of brush and procedure, are the basic questions to ask. Again, if need be, ask for a quick demonstration.
- In the unlikely event. What type of shampoo should you use? If a full demonstration is not possible, get a general explanation of how to go about this, should you ever need to? Also, enquire. What would be considered a reason to do so? Smell? Did something stick on the fur? In many circumstances, just warm water applied to restricted areas will suffice. Just be sure to know: When, how and with what product should the need arise. You may want to enquire about home made solutions. Both wet and dry products you may use.
- Scratchpads and posts. Type, placement and how to encourage use?
- How to address unwanted scratching, of furniture? No doubt the Vet has some strategies and tips, on dealing with this.
- Transporter, or carrier. Obviously, size, security and comfort are to be considered.
- Do you have to buy one? Maybe your Vet clinic has loaners or the disposable cardboard type. So, if you don’t want to spend the extra money, ask if these are available?
- Basically, your cat can make anything a toy and probably will. The only concerning question would be if toys which have catnip encased in them are okay.
- Housing, within the house. Is your cat welcome to sleep where it wants? Maybe a cat pen, condo or cat tree would be a good idea. Does your Vet have any opinions to offer, on this matter?
- Will you be traveling with your cat at any point? Again, the question of a transporter or carrier arises. The type of travel may dictate a specific type of transporter, but beyond that, and depending on the type of travel: plane, train or automobile. Does your Vet recommend any type of sedative or herbal remedy? If so, you know you would be requiring them down the road, get them now. Provided their shelf life falls within the date you intend to travel. There should be no need to go back to the Vet to get the remedies.
- Does your Vet work with insurance companies?
- Which ones?
- Would they recommend one, over the other?
- Small print aside, what kind of coverage could you expect?
- Which policy would best suit your needs, based on your budget
- Insurance overview
Signs to be aware of.
- A cat can’t tell you if they’re not feeling well and often might not exhibit any blatantly obvious signs of illness. So, ask your Vet, what are the general things to keep an eye out for? Like listlessness, stool consistency, throwing up, etc. All these things can present themselves on occasion and are not necessarily something to be alarmed about. So, you just want to know when should you be concerned enough to call the Vet.
Schedule your next appointment.
Nothing beats, regularly scheduled visits to the Vet. Be sure to keep your cat up to date with all their shots.