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Advice needed: how not to get fleeced by the vet...

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Jess McC, Mar 6, 2021.


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  1. Jess McC

    Jess McC PetForums Newbie

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    Hi guys. This is my first post so apologies if it's in the wrong place.

    On Monday we are bringing home an 8 week old adorable marmalade kitten. It is from a lovely caring family situation; I wanted to leave it in place a couple more weeks but they seemed set on moving it on. It has not been wormed or flea treated yet so I am going to do both of those as soon as he walks in the house, then ring the vets on Monday to fix his first vaccinations.

    Here is my issue. I live my life economically. If I can do something myself, I would rather do that than pay someone to do it. But vets are well known for telling you you need lots of extra stuff.

    What do I really need the vet to do, and what can I do at home? Obviously he will need two sets of vaccinations in the next month, microchipping, neutering. I am assuming I can buy over-the-counter flea and worm treatments cheaper than the vet's.

    Over to you guys. Your help is very much appreciated as I have not had a kitten in a long time!
     
  2. mrs phas

    mrs phas karma is a funny old thing

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    You can
    But
    Many OTC drugs don't work (fleas, ticks worms have become resistant)
    And
    Some have shown to cause neurological problems or are poisonous, some to dogs, some to cats, some to both

    It's not something I'd skimp on tbh
     
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  3. Jess McC

    Jess McC PetForums Newbie

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    This is really helpful thank you it's the kind of advice I need.
     
  4. Jess McC

    Jess McC PetForums Newbie

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    So given that he has not had flea or worm treatments, should I wait until I can get him a vet appointment or use OTC products until then - I don't want him bringing anything in!
     
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    I'm not an expert in kittens but as a basic would expect a breeder to sort this before sending to their new homes. 8 weeks is also very young to be leaving their mother.
    That said, my vets includes a years supply of worming tablets with their vaccination, so you could check if yours do something similar. As my cats are indoor only at the moment I dont treat them for fleas, but they were before I adopted them and I regularly check them just in case.
     
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  6. Jess McC

    Jess McC PetForums Newbie

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    I agree it's early - friend of friend's family cat had kittens and they had 8 weeks in their mind as the time.. nothing I could do. Well looked after otherwise. I'll go to the vet's and buy the flea/worm treatments BEFORE the injections - not sure why I didn't think of it as an option!.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Your kitten may be too small for any flea or worm treatments, you won't know until you've had him to the vet.

    The very first thing you need to to is take that kitten to the vet. You need to establish a relationship with a vet right off, and you need to know if your kitten is healthy. 8 weeks is very young to leave the litter, if this home is so "loving" they'd be keeping him another month.

    Plan to feed him an all wet diet for optimal health. But the first thing is a trip to the vet.
     
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  8. oliviarussian

    oliviarussian Meeoow!

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    Please lose the attitude that vets are out to fleece you, find a vet that you trust and can rely on and will be there to care for your precious new family member throughout its life... I don’t think you are going into this with a very healthy frame of mind to be honest
     
  9. Jess McC

    Jess McC PetForums Newbie

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    Like I've said, we are where we are. I'm off to the vet's...
     
  10. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    I order flea and worm treatments online - shop around as prices vary month by month. It works out cheaper than buying direct from the vet, and you can get decent treatments such as Advantage and Advocate that actually work, unlike many OTC ones - BUT you should definitely take him to the vet first once you get him, for health check, weighing etc. That way the vet can recommend the best treatments and give him the first dose, and you can then buy online thereafter. Some such as Advocate are POM, which means you'll need the vet to provide you with a prescription before you can buy online.

    ETA I've never had such a young kitten, so I don't know if the brands I mentioned would be suitable for such a little one - but a vet would be well placed to advise on this :)
     
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    I didn't get my current cats till they were 13 weeks old by which time they had been wormed at the appropriate intervals by the breeder and precautionary flea treated before coming home so I would let the vet do that as they'll weigh and know dosing for a young kitten.
    However since then I buy flea (advantage) and wormer (drontal) online. I don't regularly flea and worm though, my cats are indoor but I do have a dog that obviously goes out.
     
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    Most vets won't supply flea and worm treatment without seeing the pet.
     
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    You are right to be cautious with vets as you should be with any professional. I have had good experiences and some very bad experiences. So the first thing is to find a vet you can trust. Don’t leave it to an emergency to find out you can’t. Read reviews, ask where they graduated from (this will tell you a lot), do they undertake further CPD training in feline health (again important as most vets see dogs 80% of the time). I would recommend a cat only vet if you have one local. But they can be expensive.
     
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    There is always a choice to not support irresponsible byb's.
    Their cat should have been neutered many months ago and not bred from, to then shove kittens out the door at 8 weeks - right when costs start to mount for food, litter, vet care etc and have them miss out on the very crucial socialising they get from mum and littermates up to 12+ plus weeks is just cruel.

    If you are well aware of the implications of tearing kittens away from their mom too young then do the ethical thing and walk away, do not support such breeding practices. Go to a reputable breeder or rescue and support them instead, rescues especially shall be overrun in the coming months from those who chose to support byb's or rush into getting a pet over the past year and now don't want to bother with their pets.
     
  15. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    We used to have a vet posting regularly here, things like 'fleeced by vet' drove her (mostly) away. :(
     
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    No, not if they have never seen the cat. And even when they are on their books, many won't prescribe them unless they have seen the cat in the past six months.
     
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    Please bear in mind that most vets these days are employed by large veterinary groups. Don't blame the vets because they have no control over prices.
     
  18. Charity

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    I haven't had one of these for a very long time but a lot of vets have lifetime plans which are really only useful for people who have kittens but its worth you enquiring about them to spread the costs a little. It would cover most things cats need during their lifetime. Here's an example of the one with Vets4Pets.

    Complete Care Health Plan | Pet Health Plans | Vets4Pets
     
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    @Jess McC: If you are worried already about veterinary bills, make sure you get some insurance asap. You will get plenty advice/recommendations here if you ask.
     
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  20. SusieRainbow

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    In view of this comment and the fact that OP hasn't been seen snce last night I don't think we should waste any more time here.:Locktopic
     
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