Q: When should I take my cat to the vet?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2042 days ago

Mary T.

How soon should my newly adopted cat see the veterinarian?

Chosen Answer

If you already have another cat (or more) at home, the new cat should have his first veterinary exam before coming home to join the family.

Cats from any source — and kittens in particular — can carry infectious diseases. That newcomer should come home with a clean bill of health — from a thorough veterinary examination, and treatment if necessary. The animal shelter, cat breeder, or other source of this newly acquired pet should supply records of previous veterinary care, including vaccinations.

On your first veterinary visit, set up a schedule for follow up visits (if necessary), spaying/neutering (if the cat isn’t already), and for regular exams and booster shots. Find out about 24-hour emergency care in your area.

Now bring that healthy cat home to meet the family.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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