Sunday 10 April 2022

How urgent is your cat's health problem? Here is a list.

A common problem that some cat caregivers have is getting their cat to the vet promptly enough when a health problem demands prompt action. Delay obviously makes things worse. The usual reason for the delay is an understandable concern about the open-ended nature of a veterinarian's fee. How much is it going to cost? If the health problem is unknown or unclear the cost will be unclear as well until tests have been concluded etc. 

How urgent is your cat's health problem? Here is a list.
Cat at vet's. Image is a screenshot.

Some procedures have fixed costs but a lot of health issues do not. The main reason for delaying is to see if the problems resolve itself to avoid vet's fees. And, of course, there is the hassle and stress of taking a cat to the vet. Both cat and person are probably stressed equally.

This page might help in deciding how soon you should take your cat to a vet. The information comes from: A-Z OF CAT DISEASES & HEALTH PROBLEMS by Bradley Viner BVet Med MRCVS Published by Howell Book House Macmillan - USA. ISBN 0-87605-043-7.

Against each symptom/illness is a number 1-3:
  1.  = See vet immediately
  2.  = Book next available appointment with vet
  3.  = Make arrangements to see vet in due course
This list is alphabetical:


  1. Thank you for this Michael. It's a very important list that I'd have handy as a reference.

    1. Hope you are well and that your accommodation is good.

  2. I didn't know these facts! Thanks for sharing


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