Ideally, you have already looked for a good veterinarian for your cat before your fur nose moves in with you.
Once your pet has settled in with you, it makes sense to take them to the vet for a first health check. This allows doctors and cats to get to know one another without exposing the animal to unpleasant treatment. This will make it easier for your cat to trust it.
Find a good vet: where to start?
If you have decided to take a cat with you, you should already look around for a good veterinarian. For example, ask your friends and family for recommendations. You can also inquire at the animal shelter or breeder if you have already chosen a cat there. You can also search for veterinarians near you on the Internet or in the business directory.
What makes a good vet? Checklist for cat lovers
With the recommendations of your friends and the addresses from the business directory, you can already make a shortlist. First delete the practices from the list that are too far away or have unfavorable opening times. Call the other practices and ask if you can make an appointment to meet without a cat. You can already listen to your gut feeling: Anyone who sounds unfriendly on the phone or refuses your request, will also be removed from the list.
With the veterinarians who are getting to know you, you should pay attention to the following points:
● The vet is friendly and treats you with respect.
● He listens to you carefully.
● He answers your questions so that you understand it.
● He will be happy to advise you on posture tips, nutrition tips and health tips for your cat.
● He knows his way around and educates himself.
● He is well connected and can recommend specialist doctors and emergency clinics nearby.
The practice as a whole should also be clean, modern and well equipped. What does the waiting room look like? Do the animal patients and their owners seem to feel comfortable there? Or is there a stressed atmosphere? Pay attention to your intuition again: if you have a bad gut feeling, you should remove practice from your list.
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If you have chosen a practice and your cat has settled in at your home, you can make an appointment with your pet. A good veterinarian will put a patient card on your velvet paw and take the time to examine it thoroughly. He looks at the ears, fur, teeth and weight as well as the general health of your cat.
You can also tell that your fur nose is in good hands from the fact that the veterinarian treats it with care and sensitivity. He doesn't grab her roughly, doesn't pull her out of the transport basket with the neck handle, and doesn't shout at her. It is best to prepare a few questions with your cat before your first visit to the vet. This way you can see whether your veterinarian is well informed and has sufficient social skills to explain the medical facts to you in an understandable manner.
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If your cat needs to be vaccinated or treated, you should also check the following with your veterinarian:
● He examines your cat thoroughly before prescribing medication.
● He will discuss the diagnosis and treatment options with you in a sensitive, understandable manner.
● He only carries out examinations such as X-rays, ultrasound or blood tests when it is necessary.
● He takes into account if you do not want certain treatments.
● But he also speaks to your conscience when he considers a certain treatment to be vital.
● In short: he is honest.
● He will refer you to a specialist if necessary.
You should exercise caution if your veterinarian insists on information that is now considered outdated. Some mistakes are:
● "Dry food cleans the teeth."
● "The vaccinations need to be refreshed every year."
● "Cats may only be neutered after they have been ridden / marked for the first time."
● "Barfen is bad for cats."
If you question such statements in a friendly manner, your veterinarian may agree to check them again. If so, you have found a good veterinarian. If not, you should take another look around.