Your cat or kitten is relying on you to give him a good home and to provide him with the best care possible for his entire life. It is up to you to make sure that he receives all the necessary veterinary checkups and vaccinations. The best way to keep your cat healthy is to find a veterinarian who will help you every step of the way, through each stage of his life.
How do you find a veterinarian? If you have never owned a cat before, do not worry, finding a vet is easy. Ask everyone you know who has a cat which vet they use and how they like the service. After you have gotten several recommendations, call each practice and explain that you are looking for a vet for your cat. Ask the following questions:
- Is it a cat only clinic?
- Does the vet own cats?
- What are the clinic's regular hours? Does it offer night and weekend appointments?
- Is there a vet on call in case of an after hours emergency? (If not, what does the clinic recommend that you do with your pet?)
- What are the fees for office visits and vaccinations?
- What are the payment options?
Based on the answers you receive, you can either schedule an in person meeting with the vet or keep searching. Remember that the professional whom you choose will be vital in maintaining the health of your cat. Take your time and find the right vet, not just any vet.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to two or three candidates, go to each office and talk to the staff, ask for a tour of the facility, and meet the vet (if possible). Bring a list of questions that you have about her experience with cats, and discuss her practice, what veterinary association she belongs to, and if she also practices general animal care. Do not be shy about getting straight answers.