Post # 1
what do you think would be an appropriate gift for our kitty’s doctor? She’s treated our cat so well and we would like to give her something to show our appreciation. She has a good sense of humor and loves cats and is fairly young. I was thinking something like a cat sweater and Darling Husband thinks standard gift basket… obviously the sweater would be more personal but I think a gift basket is too impersonal… thoughts?
Post # 2
I’d stick with the gift basket unless you know she’s the kind to like a cat sweater. If you make it yourselves it’s not impersonal. Put in some treats (homemade or otherwise), maybe crazy cat socks or a fuzzy succulent (like cat ears, see?) and call it good.
Post # 3
skunktastic : I was thinking cat sweater because one time she showed us that she was wearing cat socks! Should have added that here. Does anyone think a gift card would be better?
Post # 4
I think a gift basket would be nice.
Post # 5
frillsandthrills : i guess I’m wondering why you think you should get her anything? Yes, she’s treated your cat nicely – i would hope that’s a minimum requirement to be a vet. I certainly wouldn’t take my animal back to a vet who treated my pet poorly.
Did she do some sort of vet work pro bono?
IMO, unless she’s done something above and beyond, I’d just write a thank you note at most. But if she’s merely nice to your cat and you’ve paid her for her services, then anything else seems a bit over the top (and can make her feel very uncomfortable).
Post # 6
I give gifts to my primary care provider from time to time. Yes they’re just doing their job, but tbh they’re important people in our lives (as are vets) so an extra thanks seems acceptable. I see nothing wrong with it. I used to give gifts to my teachers too when I was in school… even though teaching is their job it doesn’t hurt to show someone a bit of extra appreciation.
Maybe you can do a gift basket with a pair of cat socks to make it a bit more personal?
Post # 7
I had two dogs die 6 months to the day apart (cancer/ unknown genetic issue), and 3 months (again, to the day!) later my new dog was poisoned with rat poison. And again 4 months later (my former neighbors SUCKED)
They were ALL fabulous every time, and they knocked off a few fees the second poisoning go round, and waived the initial puppy visit on the new pup. And whenever I called they would squeeze me in same-day (didn’t even have to ask). So I sent over a big box of warm cookies and milk for the whole staff.
Theres a lot of people behind the scenes, so I think any ‘thank you’ should go to everyone. (And a cat sweater is probably not to many people’s taste)
ETA: I also have a large animal vet whom I started making Christmas cookies for at Christmas when my new horse turned out to be a total a**hole 🤦🏻♀️ whereas my retiree is a stellar patient. Felt like it was a nice way to say ‘sorry he’s a jerk, please don’t hate me’
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I would probably just give a gift card in a thank you note.
I would much prefer someone buying me a coffee or lunch, compared to knick knacks, honestly.
Post # 9
I work in a vet clinic as a nurse and thank you cards really mean a lot 🙂 If you want to give a gift as well I think a gift basket with some chocolates and a cute cat mug or something would be nice (and she could use it at work!) 🙂
Post # 10
I think a heartfelt card and something edible or something to drink would be better. Big boxes of treats that the whole team can enjoy tend to go down well. I know a lot of young vets and I don’t think a single one would actually want a cat sweater.
Post # 11
I think a cat sweater from a stranger would be a very weird gift sorry. I’d do a card with a Starbucks gift card but honestly I agree with catskillsinjune that the whole concept is a little odd, she did her job and you paid her.
Post # 12
I work at a vet clinic and gift baskets are adored and thank you notes with pet pictures are our favorites.
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2020 - Windermere, Cumbria
When my kitty had surgery last year she ended up being in the hospital for over 3 weeks, and the vets were so, so wonderful. I got them a gift basket with chocolates and a thank you card with a photo of my kitty inside, and they like it a lot! 🙂 I think a gift basket is a great idea.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your input. I’m a little surprised at how many of you think it’s so uncomfortable to give someone a gift. Clients bring my team items at work occasionally because our work can become personal. we feel that this vet has gone above and beyond to make the cat feel better, but also to make us feel better about the entire situation. She has a lot of health problems, so her appointments aren’t just in and out. We usually take a bit of time to discuss new medications and the vet techs have given us multiple demonstrations when we can’t get the hang of her IV, etc.
So it sounds like a big basket of treats for everyone is the way to go!
Post # 15
I would say chocolates or wine (if she drinks). Chocolates would be slightly better as she can share them with the clinical staff.