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Should people adopting a shelter cat have their vet perform a health check before adopting? — 4 Comments

  1. It may be the prudent thing to do but, as Sandra wrote, it would be pricey for the adopter.
    As all know, I don’t trust most shelters, especially, kill ones at all. No real testing or health checks are done on admission by anyone qualified.
    However, it may improve the conditions of shelter cats if potential adoptees insisted on second opinions at the expense of the shelter (county).
    I’m dreaming now…

  2. Just to add to my comment. The cost for a blood panel runs about $200, but this could be shopped to find a lower price, but $100 might be the lowest. This would be in addition to the cost for exam, which averages $40-60 in California.

    And, I would expect the vet to find “something” to treat. I think it would be highly unusual for a vet to give any animal a “clean bill of health”.

  3. Although it seems like a wise move for an adopter, I doubt if that many people will do it, mainly because of the extra cost involved.

    To be honest, I never even thought of the possibility of my adoptive cat having health issues, even though she’d lived as a feral for her first year.

    Actually, she was very healthy for the first 5 years, previous to seeing the vet for constipation. She was given Baytril because the vet thought she “might” have a UTI, although she had no symptoms and there was no testing done.

    Since that treatment, she’s had multiple health issues, and each vet visit has resulted in drug reactions and lowered immunity.

    I’ve learned the hard way that to blindly trust any vet can lead into an unhealthy condition for your pet.

    What could a potential adopter ask for when getting a health evaluation? Blood test, for sure. But what else?

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