How to prepare your cat for the first medical visit?

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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).

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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.

?‍?If you know how to cut her nails before presenting to the veterinarian. Especially since you know that he does not like the presence of strangers. This way he will not be able to scratch other people with whom there is the possibility to get in touch. But only if you know how to proceed. If you don’t know, leave it to the vet to cut his nails. You can learn from the vet how to do it and in the future, you will be able to do it yourself.

?‍?Brush the fur. Before leaving home, do not forget to brush his fur, because more hair will fall out due to stress. Although you can not completely stop hair loss, you can at least reduce its amount.

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.

?‍? Do not feed her before the visit! If you go with your cat to the vet for a routine checkup that requires tests, it is important not to feed her that day.

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.

?‍?Run to the litter box! Try to make an appointment with the doctor based on the hours you know your cat uses the litter. The cat needs to defecate before leaving. Otherwise, due to fear, it can do in the car or the transport cage.

cat on litter

?‍?Use a carrying bag or cage! To transport the cat it is advisable to use a special cage. You can put a piece of the blanket in it or not a towel to make it more comfortable.

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 waiting room can be an unpleasant place for the cat due to the presence of other animals or the smells left behind by other quadrupeds. So it’s best not to take the cat out of the cage, even if she wants to petted. It will scare you even more. Keep her in a cage even in the vet’s office until the doctor is ready to see her. This way you will avoid coming into contact with the smells of the animals that sat in front of her on the consultation table. It will be less stressful. The more stressed she is, the more difficult the medical examination will be.

?‍?Calm her down if she’s afraid! It is best to take with you some rewards to give him once the doctor has finished the consultation. This way, not only will she get rid of stress, but she will be much more cooperative next time.

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?‍?During the consultation, but also while waiting for you to enter the office, speak to her in a calm tone to calm her down.

?‍?In case the cat does not like the presence of other animals, stay with the cat outside and not in the waiting room.

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.

heart problems

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.

If you liked my post, do not hesitate to leave me a comment and tell me from your experience how the first visit to the vet went.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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10 Replies to “How to prepare your cat for the first medical visit?”

  1. Good post to see here andi must say that I value all you have shared here.  Seeing the fact that it can really be anxiety triggering for cats to be moved to an environment they knew not about before, so it makes q lot of sense preparing them for it before the actual visit. Surely the tips that you shared here can come out handy. Thanks so much

  2. Deworming cats is advisable, especially those rescued from the streets. Cat owners in the countryside have no access to veterinarians, so they take care of their cats by homemade remedies. Common natural deworming remedies include ground garlic mixed with cat foods and pumpkin seeds.

    This tutorial is very helpful, as we sometimes miss the basic but most important things when dealing with our pets.

    Blessings to you and your cats,


  3. Oh, it feel so good that you can give me a good advice like this one because it is not very often that one is able to deal with these kind of issues. Personally, I have seen my cat show some level of stress whenever we want to go to see the vet and it is usually very stressful for me. I think I would take to your advice and hopefully it will work well for me.

  4. Hi Chuna. Thank you for your comment. Thanks also for the natural remedies. I’m sorry to contradict you, but there are also veterinarians in the country for the animals that are raised there: cows, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, etc. If an accident occurs or your pet has a more serious illness, you can call them. At least theoretically they are also prepared for cats.

  5. Hi Suz.I’m glad you found my advice useful. They will definitely work for your cat as well. I want you to go to the vet only for routine things (vaccines) and enjoy she for as many years as possible.

  6. Hello there, I really enjoyed reading your article ‘How to prepare your cat for the first medical visit?’ and you really laid dome some valuable points and gave some helpful tips that will help make your cat’s visit to the vet as seamless as possible. I think it’s important to make a visit to the vet something comfortable for your cat. 

  7. Hello Carmen, ist actually on every important thing that we prepare our pets for medical visits because I have had some really funny times taking mine to the vet for treatment. She was really scared that she started running around the place and it was all funny to me. I believe preparing her for such would help reduce the chances of her getting scared again

  8. Hi Beesean. Thank you for your comment. A visit to the vet may not be comfortable for the cat. But you can make it acceptable. And when you go to the doctor you feel a certain discomfort lol.

  9. Hi Justine. Thank you for your comment. Training will lower your cat’s stress level. Maybe it was funny for you, but you think it’s a living thing, and for the cat it was very stressful. I don’t think you can handle the stress either lol.

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