Whether you’re visiting a new vet for the first time or bringing your cat for an annual checkup, it’s important to be prepared. The veterinarian will likely ask you a series of questions to determine your cat’s overall health and well-being. Think you know your cat’s medical history backwards and forwards? Well, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the basics—print out our helpful questionnaire of things your vet might ask you during your visit.
1) How long have you had your cat?
2) Where did you get your cat?
3) Has your cat been vaccinated? Against what diseases?
4) What brand of pet food do you feed your cat?
5) Is your cat’s appetite normal? How much does he eat?
6) How much water does your cat drink?
7) Is your cat urinating and defecating regularly? Does he use the litter box every time?
8) What kind of litter do you use?
9) Is your cat displaying any of the following symptoms:
10) Has your cat lost or gained weight recently?
11) Have you noticed any significant changes in your cat’s behavior? (i.e. Is he vocalizing more than usual? Is he seeking more attention from you? Is he acting uncharacteristically aggressive?)
12) Does your cat spend time outside?
13) Has your cat ever suffered a serious health issue? If so, what treatment did he receive?
From: Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health
By Louise Murray, DVM