Preparing your cat for a veterinary hospital visit
Visiting the vet with your cat
A few steps to follow to prepare for your visit with your cat:
- Bring your cat’s health booklet. If you have recently adopted your cat, don’t forget to bring any documents provided by the breeder or rescue.
- If your animal is currently covered by a health insurance plan, please bring a claim form with you. The veterinarian can complete the form before the end of your visit.
- Write down the name of the food you are currently feeding. You can also take a picture of the packaging with your cell phone.
- Make a list of all supplements, medications, or other products that you are currently administering to your cat and that are not purchased our hospital.
- Pay attention to your pet’s daily habits (ex. appetite, urination, defecation, drinking habits, etc.) so that you can provide this information to the medical team.
- Do you have any questions for the veterinarian? Prepare a list ahead of time and we will be happy to answer them for you.
- Bring a fresh stool sample. The veterinarian may want to have it checked for intestinal worms. A piece of stool the size of your thumb in a Ziploc bag is enough, and it’s ok if it’s covered in cat litter.
- For your pet’s safety, we recommend that your cat remain in its carrier. Should you not have one at your disposal, a carrier can be provided to you (a deposit is required, and this sum will be reimbursed once the carrier has been returned to the hospital.)
Some cats may become anxious or stressed when the time comes to go to the veterinary clinic.
Follow these steps to help make travelling with your cat easier:
- Place the carrier in a visible location of your home for a few days before your appointment. Leave the carrier open and easily accessible to your cat. Offer yummy treats inside the carrier so that your cat associates that environment with those rewards.
- Feliway, a spray containing synthetic calming pheromones, can help decrease stress associated with travel. Spray the inside of the carrier 15 minutes before placing your cat into it.
- Many cats become carsick when travelling, but it is possible to make them more comfortable. Place the carrier on the backseat of the vehicle and secure it using the seatbelts. Without restricting air flow, cover the carrier openings with a towel or light blanket so that your cat will feel safe and secure in a darker environment.
- Upon your arrival at the hospital, have a seat in our designated cat waiting area, the Kitty Corner. Your cat will enjoy a quieter area, away from unfamiliar pets.