Selecting a cat veterinarian – Part 1

Some veterinarians are trained better, caring and treating cats or felines. Also, certain facilities or clinics cater exclusively for cats. Preferably, select a cat veterinarian, before purchasing or adopting a cat and, not during an emergency. Foremost, best method finding a cat veterinarian, asking for referrals, from cat – breeders, coworkers, neighbors, friends, relatives or people you know. Contacting your local shelters, and human societies, and cat rescue organizations, are good sources. Also, contact American Association of Feline Practitioners, by city, state or zip code. Members of this association are professional veterinarians, have increase knowledge of feline medicine, and surgery. Furthermore, association promotes feline research. E-mail Address: Info@aafponline.org. Address: 203 Towne Centre Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844-4693. Telephone#: 800 – 204 – 3514.


Once, you have chosen a veterinarian, contact your local better business bureau, and State licensing board, determine any complaints filed, against the veterinarian or clinic. Next, visit their facility, for your cat’s first ‘checkup.’ When calling the office, request extra time with veterinarian, to ask questions, and request tour of the facility. Questions, you should ask the veterinarian:

How many veterinarians are on staff? When your cat needs to be examined or treated, always available a veterinarian?

Will the veterinary facility provide emergency care? Beside normal hours, should be an emergency number to call. Will any member of the staff, open the office for emergencies or provide information to alternative emergency clinic.

Requesting referrals from current cat owners. Often, in many offices, posted cards and letters, from happy clients.

Sometimes, comments are posted, on a website.

Over night staffing, available for sick cats, recovering from surgeries and / or providing kennel services? Critically important to have a trained staff member, available for observation, and provide any necessary care, when veterinarian facility is closed. Also, available to clean and feed cats and other animals. Determine if cats, and other animals are kept separate or in the same area or room.

Will the veterinarian, provide alternative forms of medicine or supplement forms of vitamins. Sometimes, over the counter vitamins, minerals, holistic medicines, and acupuncture effective, treating ailing cats.

Does the veterinarian, offer and accept pet insurance? Certainly,

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