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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Steph_Mitsy, Apr 27, 2011.


  1. Steph_Mitsy

    Steph_Mitsy PetForums Member

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    Hi, me again :eek:

    Just wondering... I need to get Mitsy to the Vets.

    I haven't had a kitten before in the area I live in now and so was wondering if I ring around a few first or pick the nearest one... or what?? :blink:

    If there is anyone in the Hampton area on here that could recommend that would be FAB :D (chances are slim I know, but thought i'd ask :)

    Thanks
    xx
     
  2. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    A good vet is a friend for life! Do you have time to visit a few practices first to get a feel ( and pick up a basic price list ! ) Being close to home is one factor, opening hours, Out of hours service etc are others. Some vets also specialise in small animals or specific areas and may have extra qualifications. Chat to the vet nurse/receptionist and see if you are made to feel welcome.
     
  3. Steph_Mitsy

    Steph_Mitsy PetForums Member

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    yes, I do have a bit time, she is almost 8wks, I think, if my research is correct that she needs her first jab at 9wks??

    Thanks for the advance, it turns out a colleague at my new works used to be a fuzzie fosterer and so knows a good one near my works, a bit further from home but only about 20mins drive max

    thanks again
    xx
     
  4. samhx

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    Yeah 9 weeks and then 12 for jabs.

    I would definitely go and have a look around a few places just to get a feel of what they are like.

    Around us there are a couple of vets that are part of the same group and we always took grandads border collie to one and they were really great. The vet was always really good with him and the receptionists always make a real bit fuss etc. So we took Indie and Silver to the same vets but just a different practice a few miles away for their new pet check up and I hated everything about it. Didnt like the vet, the receptionist or anything, so going back to the one that ''I know'' for their jabs.

    Sam x
     
  5. lymorelynn

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    Definitely worth checking around and by word of mouth if you have neighbours with pets :thumbsup: There are two closer to me than the one I use but I don't like either of them for various reasons
     
  6. Jayne31

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    I've just changed vets due to not being impressed with how the vet recently handled things when my cat was poorly.

    The vet I have just registered with immediately feels better - and i've not taken the cat there yet! They are a lot smaller, the 2 vets are based there permenantly so get to know the owner and the animal, even the receptionist seemed knowledgable. What I was particularly happy with is that they actually display a large price list so you can see exactly what the charges are.

    It pays to ask questions and check them against other vets in the area. This one is slightly further away than my original one but I would rather go further in order to get a vet that actually cares about the owner as well as the animal rather than just the sound of the till ringing!
     
  7. Steph_Mitsy

    Steph_Mitsy PetForums Member

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    thanks guys :) will definitely shop around, I went in to one on the way home, the receptionist seemed really nice but when the vet came out she didn't smile back at me or say anything :blink: just walked straight by me wiping her hands, so don't think i'll be going there :glare:

    will check a few local ones out this weekend and tomorrow :) and a neighbour a few doors down has a Siamese and a moggy so might ask them too

    thanks again for everyone's input, honestly much appreciated. You guys must be getting fed up with all my posts :eek:

    x
     
  8. Ianthi

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    Yes, agree the best thing to do is ask the neighbours and especially those with cats! Sometimes vets are recommended by people who have dogs and it's often the case these vets are not so good with cats!
     
  9. Jayne31

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    You could also try Googling the names of local vets as sometime you will stubble across feedback sites which can be useful.

    I have been known to drop in and ask to see the facilities and for the most part they will oblige, the ones that wouldn't didn't get my business.

    I'm always wary if people can't look me in the eye when they talk to me as well
     
  10. MoggyBaby

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    Do keep in mind that vets are not like doctors - you don't have to stick with the same one if you don't like them.

    I moved house 8 yrs ago & am on my 3rd vets due to problems trying to find a really good one. I really like the one I am now so it was worth the effort.
     
  11. MoggyBaby

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    Not in the slightest hun. That's what the forum is here for. I think we'd all rather you asked as many questions as you want rather than accidentally do something wrong and then say you were worried about asking 'too many questions'.

    Your cats good health & welfare is important to us all.

    So ask away......... :D :D
     
  12. chesca13

    chesca13 PetForums Member

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    Yeah you should shop round you need to be happy with them if not only for just little appointments but when the time comes to having her spayed(if you are) or if she needs to stay in for some reason you need to be happy to leave her.

    I love my vets, the ladies on reception are so helpful and they always want to have a look at Rhubarb & Noodles when i go in and the vets are so nice, they talk to the cats more than me :lol: and although i was stil a nervous wreck when Rhubarb went in to be spayed i had no worries about having to leave her there.

    Dont worry about questions...i was just the same now im the one who can give advice..a few months and you'll be all clued up and helping the next newbie who joins :thumbup:
     
  13. Steph_Mitsy

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    quick update -

    I have found one I like :D and Mitsy is going in next week to have her first jab and health check, it's one my mum used to use when she had a dog many years ago.

    I called them up and the receptionist was lovely, very helpful and made me feel like i would be welcomed when we go in :)

    thanks again for all your advise :D x
     
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