Finding a Veterinarian
It’s very important to find the right veterinarian for you and your cat right away. Ideally, it would be great to have one lined up even before bringing your new cat home for the first time. All new cats should have an examination as soon as possible, and if your cat is sick, you won’t want to waste time looking for a veterinarian.
Choosing a veterinarian can be difficult and time-consuming. You definitely don’t want to randomly choose a vet or necessarily go to the first one you see. Trips to the vet are critical to keeping your cat healthy, and you should keep this in mind as you begin looking for one. The best way to start is by getting recommendations from other cat owners. When you have a list of a few that sound interesting, schedule a visit so you can tour the facility and meet the doctor.
When touring a veterinary office, try to take it all in. Get a general impression of the atmosphere and the people, but also look for specific things, like cleanliness, organization, and the knowledgeability of the staff. You should also observe how the staff interacts with the patients.
This visit should also include a chat with the veterinarian. Although this meeting will likely be short, it should afford you a chance to get to know a little more about her and about the practice in general. A good veterinarian will be willing to answer any questions you might have. You should feel free to ask about anything that concerns or interests you. How long has the veterinarian been practicing? How long has the facility been open? What are the office hours? What is the facility’s procedure for emergency situations? You should feel confident with her answers and comfortable enough with her that you’d be willing to leave your cat’s life in her hands.
Once you’ve visited several locations, narrow down your options. Choose a veterinary facility where you’re comfortable with the office environment, the staff, and the doctor. You will be much more at ease during a health crisis if you know you’re leaving your cat in capable, compassionate hands.