Cats should be seen by their vet at least on an annual basis and more frequently as they enter their senior years.
When transporting your cat to the practice, we recommend:
Always use a carrier (cardboard boxes are not ideal as cats can easily escape)
The ideal carrier should have a removable top to allow easy access of the cat
Place a familiar blanket, towel or toy in the carrier
Spray the carrier with Feliway® at least 15 minutes before use
Cover the carrier with a towel during the journey
Drive carefully to avoid sudden movements
Avoid swinging the carrier or banging it against objects
We can do a home visit to see your cat if all else fails. There is an additional charge for this and your cat may still need to come into the hospital for treatment. We understand that your cat may be scared and this can make it difficult to bring them to see us but it is in their best interest to keep up with the vaccinations and to have a full examination with the vet.
At a minimum we would recommend bringing a urine sample in for us at least once a year, twice a year for cats over 7 years old. We can tell a lot from their urine such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. There is a small fee depending on the urine tests we run but these are done in-house so we can get the results quickly. We have made kits with plastic litter, sample pot and syringe for at home urine sample collection, just come and ask us. If you do bring a urine sample in we need it in a small clean container with your name & phone number and the cat’s name. *Please note this is a last resort and would only give us basic information, nothing can compare to a consultation with your vet. Also if any abnormalities are found your cat would need to see a vet for any medication or treatment plan.
An easy way to catch a urine sample is to use plastic straws cut up in a clean letter tray, this allows your cat something to scratch around in which won’t contaminate the urine sample.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.
* We have lots of great handouts on cat behaviour and keeping your cat happy that we would love to share with you – just ask us on your next visit.
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