The relationship between your cat and the veterinary surgeon is an important one; your cat’s health and your peace of mind will probably depend on it. Therefore every effort should be made to ensure that both you and your cat feel relaxed and confident when visiting the surgery. If you choose your vet carefully, and make sure the cat’s first visit is as uneventful as possible, the prospects of cat and vet forming a good relationship will be measurably improved.
Once a cat decides that the vet is not his best friend, it may take all kinds of coaxing to persuade him otherwise. If you are nervous about taking your cat to the vet, your mood may well affect your cat.
Q. When should I take my kitten to the vet for its vaccinations?
Kittens usually have their first vaccinations for cat ‘flu and feline enteritis at eight to nine weeks, and boosters may be required a month later. Your vet will be able to check over you cat before giving the vaccination. This is important, to enusre you new pet is healthy.
Q. How often should I take my cat to the vet?
Your cat can only build up a good relationship with the vet if it is seen regularly. Normally your cat will need to have an annual booster for cat ‘flu and feline enteritis, but it is also a good idea to have an additional annual check-up to make sure it is in good health and catch minor ailments before they become serious.
Older cats should be seen by the vet for a check up every six months.It is your responsibility as an owner to keep an eye on your cat’s health and to make regular visits to the vet for vaccinations and check-ups. The vet is a key person in your cat’s life, and you should register a cat with a local vet as soon as you acquire a cat or when you move to a new home.
Arrange an appointment to take your cat, so that the cat can be introduced to the vet and can be checked for minor problems, such as worms or fleas. This first crucial visit will be the foundation on which the future relationship will be built.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
When choosing a vet, get as much information as you can about local practices by asking friends and neighbours, the local cat protection organisation or animal welfare group. You will need to have confidence in the veterinary staff at the surgery before you can trust them with your cat. While it is easy to be impressed by a super-modern surgery with the latest equipment, it is best to choose a vet who specialises in cats, or at least in small animals, rather than a general practitioner. They will be well placed to provide the quality of treatment your cat deserves, as well as being able to deal sympathetically with your concerns on particular problems.
- Regular check-ups will encourage your cat to feel more relaxed in the company of the vet.
- In England, the failure to provide your cat with proper care is punishable by law.
- Most animal behaviourists agree that cats do have
- memories, so a stressful visit to the vet may be remembered by the cat on the next visit.
- It is preferable for the person who knows the cat best to take it to the vet as that person will be able to supply the vet with the most detailed information – and the cat will be more relaxed.