Before your cat has an exam with the veterinarian, you will be meeting with your vet’s technician. The veterinary technician is the first line of communication with your vet and will be assisting the doctor throughout your visit.
- What is the reason for your visit? Your vet staff will have access to your cat’s vaccine and medical history, but they will always want to confirm the reason for your visit.
Even if Snickers is just due for his Rabies vaccine, perhaps he has been losing weight or has developed some discharge from his eyes. This is the time to tell your veterinary technician about anything else that you have noticed with your kitty.
- Medical history. Your vet tech will ask you about your pet’s history – there may be additional questions if this is a new cat that we have never seen before.
They will want to know:
did you get him?
- How long have you had him?
- Does he have any medical issues?
- Is he on any medications? If so, what are they?
- How is his energy level? More or less than usual?
- Is he eating, drinking, urinating and defecating normally?
- Have you noticed any coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea?
- What kind of litter do you use?
- What food does he eat? How much and how often is he fed?
- Is he strictly indoors? Indoor/outdoor? Outdoor only?
- Do you have any other pets in the house?
- Weight check. Your cat’s weight will be checked to ensure that they are maintaining a healthy weight. This will also help your vet determine her medication dosage if she needs a prescription.
**Picture of cat on a scale**
4. Temperature. This uncomfortable formality helps your vet staff determine if your cat’s temperature is abnormally low, within a normal range (99.5*F – 102.5*F), or if they have a fever. Sometimes a higher temperature can mean that your cat is anxious or stressed out.
Depending on your pet’s other symptoms, your vet will determine if this high temperature is acceptable for their condition.