By: Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM
After a decade as a veterinarian, I’ve got a bit of a routine when it comes to walking into an exam room. By the time I’ve opened the door, my technician has already taken a history, performed a preliminary examination, and told me the primary concerns that brings a feline in to see me. This helps me more efficiently diagnose a problem and determine what questions I need to ask.
Because our cat friends can’t talk, I rely heavily on a cat parent’s observations and words to help me define a problem and determine a course of action. Many people, nervous about their cat’s condition and worried about being seen as a bother, answer the questions I pose but don’t ask any of their own. I love when pet parents ask questions! I see it as a vital form of communication, by helping me appreciate pet parents’ concerns and ensuring they leave the clinic with all of their needs met.
Here are ten questions I wish more cat parents would ask: