Choose a veterinarian who makes you feel comfortable, takes the time to talk with you, and answers your questions completely. After all, you are entrusting your cat to this professional and paying for the service.
Evaluate the cleanliness of the office, including the exam rooms, and the helpfulness of the staff. If the staff acts impatient with you or other clients or does not want to answer your questions, move on and keep looking.
Some owners prefer to use a vet who specializes in feline medicine and has a cats only practice. Such a vet has a lot of experience with feline medical issues and keeps up to date on the latest studies, procedures, and other cat specific medical information. These vats also have cat sized medical equipment and surgical supplies on hand, which makes the visit much less stressful for your cat. Also, there will not be any barking dogs in the office. If you find a feline only veterinary clinic in your area, it is worth checking out to see if it meets with your approval.
After you have found the vet whom your are going to use, keep her name, address, phone number, office hours, and the directions to the clinic in a convenient place. If you or another family member has to take your cat in for medical attention, all the information will be easily accessible.
During treatment, if the vet recommends a surgical procedure or a remedy that you do not agree with, do not by shy about getting a second opinion. Ask another vet what the alternatives are, and ask for advice on the best course to take. Trust your instincts when it comes to your cat's health care.
If you are dissatisfied with the vet's advice, if it seems questionable, or if a condition shows no sign of improvement, get a second opinion. Your cat will thank you for it.
A healthy diet, annual veterinary checkups, and up to date vaccinations should keep your cat in perfect health.