Bringing your cat to the vet can be a stressful experience for both cat and owner. As part of our Cat Friendly Clinic status, we have taken steps to make any visit as stress free as possible. This includes a cat only consultation room specifically geared to the needs of our feline friends. With a Feliway diffuser plugged in, releasing calming pheromones, this helps to put your cat at ease. Your cat is able to wander freely within the room, exploring and becoming familiar with the space or alternatively, most examinations can take place within the safety of their carrier providing the lid can be removed. Blankets are available on request from the reception team to cover cat carriers whilst in the waiting area.

Help in caring for your cat
Owning a pet is a life long commitment but particularly with cats, who can easily live into the mid to late teens, it is important that you consider whether you have the time and financial stability in place to care for a cat before you buy a kitten. This commitment from you will hopefully turn your new pet into a relaxed, loving member of the family. The first thing to consider is whether to adopt a cat or get a kitten from a breeder. There are numerous cats in rescue centres all waiting for a new home.

If you were to choose a kitten from a litter, there are a few things to bear in mind. Pedigrees are more predisposed to health conditions than moggies and certain breeds are renowned for suffering from different diseases. Talk to your vet if you want more advice on this. Once you have decided which breed you would like, it is next important to decide which kitten. It is a sign of a good breeder if they are happy to show you both parents when you come to view the litter.

Consider the reasons why some breeders may not want you to see the parents. A healthy kitten should be inquisitive, interested in new people and situations and at less than 10 weeks, shouldn’t be too shy. They should be an average weight compared to their litter mates, and have no signs of coughing or sneezing. The shy, underweight kitten in the corner is much more likely to grow into a nervous (potentially aggressive nervous) older animal than the confident happy kitten who is happy to greet you when they first see you.