If you’re a new cat owner, whether it’s a mature cat or young kitten, the first trip to the vet can be stressful. Here are some tips for making that first visit as easy as can be.
Scheduling an Exam
Even if you’ve just adopted your furry friend, it’s important to schedule a new examination for them. They place that they were adopted from may have done an exam, but it’s important to bring them to your vet. Your Bend veterinarian needs to perform their own examination, to determine a baseline of where your pet was when it was first seen. This could help you monitor any potential health issues that could develop over time. Your vet needs the chance to create their own records of your pet’s health, for their medical history.
In the Car
Cats shouldn’t be allowed to roam in the car freely. Dogs handle car rides much better than cats do, and can be trusted, usually, to be in the car outside of a crate. Put your cat or kitten in a secure carrier that fits them well. Add a blanket or towel to make sure that they’re as comfortable as they can be. If your cat or kitten has toys, it might be a great idea to bring one in their carrier with them.
If your cat or kitten cries during the car ride, be sure to talk to him or her. Having a light conversation with them might soothe their nerves and calm them down. Another great idea is to try turning on the radio, softly. This may help them relax as well.
Be sure to clarify what vaccinations your cat has already had. Sometimes if you’re adopting a cat it can be hard to find out what exactly they’ve had, and are up to date on. It’s important to talk to your vet if you don’t have an updated vaccination record, and see what they recommend. There may be some vaccinations that they recommend, even if they don’t know when your older adopted cat may have gotten them. Talk to your vet to see what they recommend for your cat.
If you do have records from a prior examination, it’s important to bring those too. Your vet’s office may want to make copies of them for your pet’s medical file.
If you have just gotten a kitten, it’s important to consider when you want to make a spay or neuter surgery appointment. You’ll want to do this while your kitten is still young. If you’re scheduling a spay or neuter surgery, ask your vet about their microchipping services, as it’s something that can often be done while your kitten has its’ spay or neuter surgery. Ask your vet about getting your kitten started on parasite prevention.