How to prepare for your kitten’s first vet visit

Learn how to create a great experience for you and your kitten on your first visit to the vet

Make sure you have a sturdy travel basket and help your kitten get used to it by encouraging them to play or sleep in it with a blanket that smells of you. Also make sure your kitten’s used to being handled so they’re more likely to be comfortable with the vet.

  • Information about your kitten’s diet and drinking habits.
  • Whether you’ve noticed any changes in their appetite, digestion or behaviour.
  • Details of any health issues, medications, supplements or treatments.
  • A list of things you’d like to ask the vet.

To help your kitten feel settled, speak to them in a soft voice and move slowly. Make sure the travel basket doesn’t shake and turn the front towards you and away from other animals.

Remember to share the information you’ve brought and ask plenty of questions so you’re confident about caring for your kitten.

During this first appointment, you can expect your vet to:

  • Do a complete health check.
  • Microchip your kitten so they can be easily identified.
  • Prepare a vaccination schedule.
  • Talk about parasite prevention.
  • Discuss nutrition and vet-recommended kitten food.
  • Advise you on kitten care (eye and nose cleaning, grooming, bathing and nail clipping).

When you get home, give your kitten chance to explore and settle in calmly.