Gift for Cat’s Veterinarian

posted 12 months ago in Pets
Post # 2
6592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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 # 4
70 posts
Worker bee

I think a gift basket would be nice. 

Post # 5
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
942 posts
Busy bee

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
47 posts

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
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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
5535 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
790 posts
Busy bee

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
376 posts
Helper bee

I work at a vet clinic and gift baskets are adored and thank you notes with pet pictures are our favorites. 

Post # 13
371 posts
Helper bee
  • 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 # 15
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would say chocolates or wine (if she drinks). Chocolates would be slightly better as she can share them with the clinical staff.

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