I thought I gave some advice, I hope it is useful. But only now have I realized that you may not know how to prepare your cat for the first medical visit. She may become very stressed on this occasion if you do not prepare her. You don’t want this.
At the first visit to the office, the vet will examine your kitten’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and whole body. This includes palpating the abdomen to feel the organs. Listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope. A stool sample may collected to check for intestinal parasites as well.
Let’s see further how to prepare your cat for the first medical visit.
Whether your cat shows signs of illness or is simply a visit to an acquaintance, the meeting with the veterinarian is imminent.
But you think that the cat is not too happy and that you could have problems in this regard. It is necessary to prepare your furry girlfriend in advance for the big moment.
First of all, you must keep in mind that it is advisable to use a special cat carrier. This way your cat will feel safe. You will need to purchase it before the visit If you do not have one.
I assume that you have already chosen your veterinarian according to certain criteria (reputation, distance from the office to the home).
Now you just have to take into account a few tips that could be of real use to you.
Tips before leaving the advanced
As I said before, the visit to the vet can be a real stress for your cat. All the more so as it is the only reason why he comes in contact with strangers. To prevent this from happening, encourage your relatives and friends who come to visit you to caress her and play with her.
Another solution would be to take her for a walk gradually in the car or on a leash to get used to the outside environment.
Using a special brush, comb the cat’s fur all over his body. The hair that falls out will remain in the brush and thus will leave less hair in the car or the vet’s office.
Another reason why it is good not to feed the cat beforehand is that it can hurt the car and make it vomit. You can, instead, take with you some snacks to give him after the consultation.
An alternative is special bags for transporting animals.
If the cat has not traveled by car and you do not know how it behaves, do not take it out of the cage. It can be scary or it can get under the seats. It can reach the driver’s feet, there is a risk of injury.
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Tips for the actual visit
The first visit
Ideally, the first visit should be one of knowledge. Thus, the cat has the opportunity to get acquainted with the vet and recognize its smell.
At the next visit, the doctor may insist on some issues.
Examination of the ears, the control can highlight the presence of otitis, a condition often encountered especially in kittens.
Examination of the eyes. The eyelids should separate between the 10th and 15th day after birth. Otherwise, it is a medical condition often accompanied by an eye infection.
Also, a dental examination will indicate any jaw defects or dental health problems.
And heart problems can detected early.
Also, in males, it is important to control the presence of testicles in the scrotum. Otherwise, it is necessary to check, frequently, their descent as the kitten grows.
At the first visit, the kitten will benefit from both internal and external deworming.
The medical visit is an ideal opportunity to inform you about the animal’s education, about its care and possibly it’s training, but also about the vaccination schedule.
Cats, like humans, need a doctor. And this in the first months of life. Especially if the kitten rescued from the street, you must take it to the emergency veterinarian.
If you have other animals in the house, the new kitten will keep in quarantine until the first visit to the vet. He will have his dishes for food and water, his litter and will not have contact with the other animals in the household.
I also recommend that you follow the tips above before your first visit to the vet. You will have a healthy, playful, loving and educated kitten so that you can enjoy his presence. And it will not bring you a little joy, on the contrary. But for that, you must first find out what a cat means, what the costs involve (including the vet’s bill) and estimate if you can afford it. If not, it is better to give up the idea of having a cat.
You can also consider the opportunity to take out health insurance for your cat. All her life she will need a veterinarian: vaccinations, sterilization, possibly diseases or accidents (which I don’t want). And veterinary bills are not cheap at all. Visit the following link for more in-depth research on health insurance options for your cats.
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