Your first visit

How to prepare, and what to expect.

1. Make an appointment

Set up an appointment

Give our Marina del Rey location a call to set up an appointment at a time convenient for you and your cat.
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2. Get your cat ready

Get them familiar with their carrier

A little preparation in the time leading up to your appointment can go a long way to reducing your cat's anxiety on the day of. We recommend getting the carrier out a few days early, and making sure they feel comfortable with it.

Anti-anxiety treatments

While we can't prescribe any medications prior to your visit, if you're concerned about your cat getting anxious, give us a call. There are some natural supplements and foods that can help calm them down prior to their visit.

3. Get yourself ready

Jot down your questions

  • Do you have any concerns?
  • Is there anything you're curious about?
  • Have you noticed any odd behaviors? (If so, make sure to note when you first observed them)

What helps us

  • What are you feeding them?
  • Are they on any supplements or flea products?
  • If it's their very first visit to a vet, we recommend bringing a stool sample in a plastic bag so we can check for parasites

Medical Paperwork

  • Make a list of any of their medications
  • Gather the paperwork you have from their prior vet, or your adoption paperwork

4. Plan your trip

Arrival Time

Aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time, as there will be some paperwork to fill out.


We have free parking out front, and can also validate for the parking lot behind the building.

5. What to expect at your first appointment

We'll check you in

Our front desk team will get you checked in, then bring you to an exam room.
(Make sure to keep your cat in their carrier until you get in one)

We'll get some measurements

One of us will take some measurements and get your cat's basic history.

You'll spend time
with a doctor

One of our doctors will perform an exam, discuss what they see, answer your questions, and possibly make some recommendations for future care.