Selecting the Best Vet for Your Cat

Whether you are choosing your first veterinarian for a new cat in your home or are in search of a replacement vet after a move, it’s important you choose one that is skilled and experienced. While any pet should be licensed and competent, there are other things to consider when selecting the right veterinary hospital for your cat.

Appreciation for Cats

Every vet is going to be well-versed in treating and examining cats, but not every single veterinarian has a preference for felines. Before you go in for an appointment at a new clinic, make a call to the receptionist and see if any of the vets available prefer working with cats. This isn’t a deal-breaker, per se, but it may have an impact on the rapport between your cat and the veterinarian.

Handling of Your Pet

When you bring your pet into the veterinary hospital, make sure to watch how your vet does the physical exam. Notice the way the person speaks to your pet. Pay attention to the way in which the pet is held when procedures are done. You may notice that your vet feels comfortable with your pet, which is a good thing. If the opposite is true, this can be a red flag.

Cat’s Reaction to the Vet

In addition to watching how your vet handles the cat, you’ll want to determine how the cat handles the vet. While most cats don’t enjoy seeing the vet, you likely have an awareness of how your cat usually acts. You can get an idea of how they are handling the care of the new vet and whether it’s positive or negative.

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You want to have a vet that communicates with you, in addition to doing well with your pet. Some vets have better verbal skills than others. If you find that you are not comfortable speaking with the vet, it may mean you need to choose another professional to care for your cat.

Listening Skills

While explaining things about your pet’s age, health concerns, nutrition, and vaccination history, a great vet is going to keep you engaged as you communicate. While the vet may offer advice or recommendations, they won’t be overbearing while doing so. Instead, this person should act as a partner to keep your feline healthy.

Feline Care Nearby

At Holistic Veterinary Healing, we offer services for many felines and their owners. We’d be happy to meet you and your pet for a tour of the facility. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit