Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Your kitten's first vet visit

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Your kitten's first visit to the vet is a big occasion for your kitten and for you. Make sure the carrier is a familiar and secure place for the kitten by leaving it out in the kitten's space for a week or so beforehand. Put some treats in there and let the kitten play around and in it. Line it with a fluffy towel so that if the kitten toilets on the journey in she isn't sitting in it.

In the waiting room place the carrier on the table or the reception desk and cover it with one of our Feliway-soaked blankets. In the consulting room your vet will leave the carrier door ajar while the kitten gets used to the sounds of the clinic and the voices around her.

The vet will discuss diet with you and make some suggestions on the variety of foods you might like to try. Avoiding obesity is a perennial problem especially in cats kept indoors so you will also find out how to check your kitten's waist line. If you have had any trouble with diarrhoea or vomiting then discuss it with your vet. Often diet or changes of diet cause tummy upsets in kittens.

Your vet will design a vaccination programme for your kitten depending on age, whether indoor or outdoor, and if boarding or grooming are likely in the future.

The risk of worms, fleas and other parasites will also be assessed and your kitten treated as necessary.

We also like to discuss any behaviour problems particularly around the litter tray, or with other pets, cats or dogs, at this visit. Inappropriate play behaviour or aggression issues can be addressed also.

Your vet will discuss the best time to desex your kitten and to microchip her if this hasn't already been done. Often this is around the time of the final vaccination. If your kitten has already been desexed we will schedule an adolescent check at about 8 months of age to discuss weight, diet, behaviour and any other concerns you might have as she matures.

Any vaccination follows a discussion of your kitten's general health and environment, as well as a full physical examination. We are as gentle and calm as possible so that we make this first visit pleasant and relaxed. Your kitten's attitude to vet visits depends on a good first impression! 



Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

train best cat clinic best veterinarian hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cancer fat corneal ulcer Hill's Metabolic poison petting cat change sun wobbles thyroid anaemia diabetes cryptococcosis cat enclosures changed diuretics prey decision to euthanase annual check hiding ulcerated nose blood foreign body high blood pressure kitten fight spey kidneys overweight signs of pain toxic competition lame lilies dental microchip open day hunter kitten play visit cat friendly roundworm drinking a lot aggressive hunting snake eyes scratching post sick cat enclosure calicivirus vomiting feline AIDS desex fits unsociable holidays paralysed pheromone tapeworm best clinic joints Canberra vaccination panadol behaviour bladder eye infection urination revolution training dental check seizures kitten deaths worming headache information night litter box paralysis feliway off food senior vocal diarrhoea head antibiotics nose scabs cage mouth breathing socialisation food puzzles bladder stones allergy, dilated pupils fireworks cystitis African wild cat lump carrier scale gasping runny nose paracetamol vaccine holes ACT wool skin love urinating pain killer rash blood pressure skin cancer face rub check-up ribbon sense of smell furball teeth gifts rigid head lily fleas wet litter stress straining advantage salivation runny eyes behaviour change stiff dementia return home award inflammatory bowel disease goodbye heart disease holes in teeth cat enclosure kibble snake bite examination photo competition cat history twitching hyperthyroidism arthritis yowling pain sucking wool fabric toxins urinating outside litter snakes introducing bump asthma cat flu cortisone lick blindness snuffle house call sudden blindness pill breeder plaque bed marking pet urine spraying blocked cat aerokat liver new kitten body language cat behaviour panadeine blood in urine restless fear obesity flea treatment appetite flu new cat weight panleukopenia mince cat fight echocardiography cat vet pancreatitis desexing tick renal disease flea prevention worms spraying stare into space paralysis tick lymphoma aggression free cognitive dysfunction adipokines health check sore eyes castration rub obese client night thirsty meows a lot noisy breathing hard faeces feline enteritis breathing difficult spray on heat poisonous plants sensitive ulcers xylitol open night dry food tartar grass enteritis activity appointment opening hours collapse outdoor cat unwell hospital New Year's Eve cat containment cta fight brown snake weight loss nails abscess,cat fight blockage birthday fever hearing itchy kidney disease rolls learning best vet moving old cat hole antiviral panleukopaenia heavy breathing hyperactive touch introductions physical activity massage radioactive iodine litter crytococcosus virus holiday polish hairball hunched over odour hungry IBD blue allergy FIV snakebite anxiety insulin vet visit whiskers feline herpesvirus indoor cats weight control sensitive stomach depomedrol biopsy pet meat groom AIDS bite heaing constipation pain relief dental treatment euthanasia diet vomit rough play senses computer eye ulcer strange behaviour comfortis string pred cat chlamydia urine mycoplasma slow tooth poisonous conflict snuffles catoberfest tradesmen skinny prednisolone blind snot FORLS scratching home panamax kidney christmas grooming drinking more attack dymadon herpesvirus cat worms painful permethrin vision abscess poisoning kittens aspirin when to go to vet hunters intestine mental health of cats checkup cough lilly enemies Canberra Cat Vet introduce bad breath hypertension urinating on curtains or carpet sore scratch new year sick sore ears old pet insurance eye ulcer poisons cranky tablet not eating in season tumour exercise fluid pills mass sneeze plants introduction home visit thiamine deficiency furballs blood test pica jumping

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions