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Choosing A Veterinarian For Your Cat

Updated on January 17, 2015

Veterinarian For Your Cat

Do not wait until an emergency arises before you look for a vet. It is wise to have made arrangements before you bring a new animal home. If you found the kitten locally, ask the sanctuary, home or breeder.

You may be able to continue with the vet a kitten has already visited for its initial check ups and inoculations. If the kitten is from a different area, ask friends in the neighborhood who already own cats, or a local cat club for recommendations, addresses and telephone numbers are available from the governing council of the cat fancy.

Which vet? Selecting the right vet for your pet is just as important as finding the right doctor for your family, but there is one great difference. While doctors only deal with one species, the human one, vets have to cope with a wide range of different animals, from hamsters to cows.

They are unlikely to be specialized in all fields, and not all will be up to date with feline ailments. This may be a problem if you live in a rural area, as veterinary practices may be geared to large animals such as cattle and horses.

In urban areas, most surgeries are small animal practices, devoted to the care of cats, dogs and other small domestic pets. If you have time contact a number of different practices, telephone first if you wish to visit.

Ask for a list of fees for consultation, and the cost of routine care items such as inoculations, blood tests, flea and worming products. If your pet is to have an anesthetic, the vet may advise taking it in the night before. In this way, the surgery can control food intake and the cat has time to settle down.

A cat has its annual check. This is an opportunity for comments on general condition, any necessary booster inoculations and restocking of worming and flea treatments.

Questions To Ask To A Veterinarian

Before you go, consider what you want from the vet. If you have a neutered or altered cat that rarely goes out, you will probably have to visit the vet only once a year for the booster inoculations, so inquire about policy for routine check ups.

If your plan is to show or breed from your cat, you will need to think more seriously about locating a vet who is perhaps interested in breeding, and knowledgeable about pedigreed breeds and showing.

This is usually easier in a city than in a rural region. Once you have found a practice that is cat friendly, it is worth going through a mental checklist of what you need to know.

Check opening hours. Is an appointment needed, or does the practice run on an open surgery basis whereby you turn up unannounced between specified hours? Both can operate well in an efficient practice, but if you are working, you may need a combination of both options for maximum flexibility.

You will also need to make sure that there are weekend and occasional evening surgeries. Check that there are arrangements for emergencies around the clock.

If so, will your cat be treated by one of the practice vets or a separate emergency staff? This may be significant if you have a pedigreed animal that requires special attention. Also, what is the policy regarding home visits?

This may be important if you are intending to breed from your cat, in case you need help at the birth. Is the practice a veterinary hospital or does it specializes in feline medicine and surgery?

If it is a member of a national advisory organization such as the feline advisory bureau, it will be well up to date with all the latest health care information. Ask about the attitude towards alternative or complementary treatments, such as homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture.

Look for a positive, holistic approach, as the benefits of these treatments, especially for older cats, can be substantial. A kitten has its first check at about nine weeks. This will coincide with the first inoculations, and with pedigreed animals, will probably take place before they leave the home where they were bred.

Questions to ask your veterinarian

Elderly Cat Special Needs

A great deal of research has gone into specialized diets for specific conditions such as heart disease, digestive disorders, lower urinary tract disease, and obesity. If you think your cat needs a special diet, seek the advice of your vet. Most of the diets are only available on prescription.

The elderly cat – In young and adult life, cats need protein for growth, to replace worn out tissues and also as a significant energy source.

As cats grow old, they become less active, vital organs start to deteriorate and their need for protein is reduced. If you maintain the cat on the same diet it has when it was young and active, there will be an excess of protein.

This throws strain on the kidneys and liver, as the protein has to be broken and eliminated from the body. If the kidneys are not fully functioning due to age, the body tries to maintain the status quo by increasing thirst, and the cat starts to urinate more.

This flush out some of the toxic products, but at the same time removes some essential vitamins and minerals.

Elderly cats in general require a protein level that is reduced from 40 percent dry weight to about 30 percent. There needs to be a corresponding increase in fat levels to ensure that sufficient non harmful energy is available, but not in quantities that might cause obesity.

Carbohydrates such as starches and sugars should be avoided, as these are more difficult for the elderly cat to digest and can cause diarrhea and other problems.

Sometimes weight loss is noted in an elderly cat even though appetite has not diminished, or may even have increased. In such circumstances, consult your vet, as this may be due to a condition such as hyperthyroidism, which can be treated.

It may take six months or more of carefully controlled dieting to return this obese cat to a normal weight. Weight reduction in cats is more difficult than in humans or dogs.

Cat Gyms Keep Your Cat Active

Cats are usually attention seeking animals and they really like to get some attention and affection from you. They generally get bored too soon and to get your attention they might howl so that you give attention to them, feed them, pet them, play with them on the cat gyms, or just shower them with love.

Cats are very friendly and affectionate but emotionally they are very demanding. If your cat starts howls then don’t try to give attention too much at that time otherwise the howling will get reinforced as it will get response from you which kitty was looking for.

You can use the simple trick to divert its attention to some other things before she starts making noise. You can play with it, talk to it, stroke it, or provide something like cat gyms so that it gets satisfied that you are enjoying her presence.

Your cat also needs some physical and health fitness and you may also want to see your pet healthy and active so that you can enjoy its company. For this you can provide different equipments of cat gyms to your kitty.

Cat gyms are very effective and beneficial for the health of the cat and also these can provide variety of exercises to the cat to do.

The outdoor cats can easily do all the exercises they need like exploring, chasing birds, leaves, flying insects, and also can climb up the tress just because of being curios about the moving things.

They can get the prey with different techniques like clawing, scratching, climbing and chasing. But indoor cats don’t get such opportunities so you can provide this opportunity to them with the help of cat gyms.

There are different kinds available in the market like trays, tunnels, swat toys, and multi platforms.

Do you take your Cat to a Veterinarian at least once every 3 months?

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