Cat Veterinarian Checklist: Preparing for Your Visit

Taking your cat to the veterinarian can happen when a periodical routine check-up is coming up, at vaccination time or when you have some concerns about your pet's health. You need to prepare for the visit in order to ensure that your cat is not overly stressed and gets a proper diagnosis. Cats tend to get stressed when visiting a new environment. Try to keep your cat calm, and comfort him as much as possible. Offer treats and praise before and after entering the vet's room.

Prepare the Carrying Case

Your cat should be carried in a case when taken to the vet. To make the transition easier, place a few of his favorite toys in the case. Take a towel that has your cat's specific odor on it. When you take the cat out and put him on the vet's table, place him on his towel. A familiar smell should ease the tension.

If the cat is uncooperative, you may ask for a mild tranquilizer from the vet prior to your visit. However, tranquilizers will slow down your cat's heart rate so the vet will not be able to take his normal pulse and perform other analysis that may be essential for a proper diagnosis.

Urine and Stool Sample

Usually, cats cannot urinate or defecate on command, especially when they are stressed. A vet's room creates more stress. It is recommended to get a stool and urine sample prior to going to the vet. Make sure you use gloves to prevent the transmission of parasites. Use sterile recipients when you collect the samples.

The samples are needed to establish a number of diseases and the presence of parasites.

Vaccination History

You should always be able to provide your vet with your cat's vaccination history. Cat vaccinations are essential for the well being of your pet, and your vet should know if he needs extra vaccines.

Your Cat's Symptoms

Unless you go for a routine check-up, you will need to provide your vet with a list of your cat's symptoms. Observe what is bothering your cat, the urination habits, behavior, recent diet, if there is blood in the urine or stool, vomiting or diarrhea.

Ask a Veterinarian

A vet will tell you everything you need to know about your cat's condition. It's always good to be prepared to ask your vet additional questions related to your pet's health. Ask about dental hygiene, dietary recommendations, supplements, grooming or nail care.

Veterinarian Costs

An examination should cost between $50 and $100. However, the price may differ according to the type of consultation and the treatment offered. If the costs are too high for you, ask for a payment plan.

A visit to the vet can be a stressful experience. If you plan it properly it can be a success and your cat will be able to feel at ease. Even if you are worried, don't let it show, because it will add to your cat's nervousness. Visit the same veterinarian every time you need one, so that the cat can get used to the environment and be more cooperative.