Advice From a Vet: Taking Your Cat to the Vet

by Angela Hickey | 3 min read

March 23rd, 2020

Cats are very susceptible to stress when visiting a vet, so it’s important as a pet owner to try to minimise this.

You might find a vet who is willing to do house visits and see your cat in their own environment, which is ideal. There are also ‘cat only’ practices, which specialise in cat medicine. Or, your general practice may have ‘cat only’ consulting times so they see dogs and cats at separate times to help reduce waiting room stress.

 Some clinics are accredited as ‘Cat Friendly Clinics’ by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM). These clinics have cat friendly facilities and attitudes which actively help reduce the stress of a vet visit for your cat.

Minimising Stress for Your Cat

There are some steps that you can take to reduce your cat’s stress.

How often should you bring your cat to the vet?

Kitten stage: After initial visits with your kitten for vaccinations, wormers etc. your vet will want to see your cat at six months of age for a general check up.

While Healthy: An annual visit for a general health check, vaccinations, parasite control, dental checks, etc. is usually enough for young cats up to about 3 to 5 years of age.

Mid-life and aging: After the age of 3 to 5, cats need more frequent and ongoing monitoring and should attend at least twice each year to pick up early signs of illnesses.

Putting pet insurance in place early in life will provide peace of mind in case of accidents and unexpected illnesses in young cats and also when chronic conditions such as heart, kidney, thyroid disease etc. may show up in mid life and need ongoing treatment for life. Learn about Allianz Pet Insurance.

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This guidance is for general information purposes only. Allianz accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses that may arise from any reliance upon the information contained in this guidance.

About the author

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Angela Hickey

Allianz in-house vet and qualified psychotherapist.