When a kitten first enters the world it has specific needs: special food, a training regime, and a preventative healthcare program that includes vaccinations. On this page you’ll find several downloadable resources we provide to help you bring a kitten into your life.
- Top 10 Things to Do Before You Bring Your Kitten Home
- Caring for Kittens
- General Care
- Kitten Litter Box Training
- How to introduce a kitten to your cat
- Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Kitten
- Kitten Spay/Neuter
- Kitten Declawing
- Kitten Intestinal Parasites
- Kitten External and Internal Parasites
- Kitten Zoonotic Disease/Controlling Sand Monsters
- Kitten Cold and Hot Weather Tips
- Top 10 Poisons for Cats
Each breed of cat comes with it’s own specific needs. Recognize the particular characteristics of your cat and they will live a long and healthy life. Routine preventative care exams, a good vaccination program and monthly parasite prevention are essential to your feline friend’s health. We recommend all cats ages 1-7 be seen by a veterinarian once a year.
As cats grow older they begin to have special needs. They may need a specific food and you should pay close attention for any signs of disease. All lumps should be checked. Watch for signs of arthritis and be aware of the health of their teeth. Check out the geriatric section for more information.
Current research shows that FLV (Feline Leukemia Virus), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), and Feline Distemper only affect cats. These viruses are leading causes of illness and even death in cats. Watch for loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal swelling, mouth sores, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, disorientation, and vestibulitis.
Scratching may be a painful process for your feline friend and could mean fleas, allergies, or infection. Do not ignore it; there are many available treatments that can make their lives and yours more comfortable.
As cats grow older, annual teeth cleaning becomes more and more essential to their health program.
Hair balls are a common occurrence in cats. They cause intense retching, vomiting, and sometimes even abdominal pain. If you suspect that your cat’s intestine is blocked by a hair ball, prompt veterinary care is important! There are oral feline laxative pastes and special diets to help with this condition.
Throughout a cat’s life, their dietary requirements change. Most high quality commercial foods pay attention to these needs. Special diets are also available for conditions such as kidney and heart problems. Check out our prescription diets.
Signs That Your Cat May Be Sick
- Ears: Watch for bad odors and scratching.
- Eyes: Watch for redness or a closed third eyelid.
- Skin: Watch for bald patches or a lot of scratching.
- Paws: Watch for thorns or stones between the pads.
- Nails: Clip nails monthly. We offer this service.
- Teeth: Be sure your cat always has access to fresh water.
- Kidneys: Be sure your cat urinates regularly.
- Bowels: Be sure your cat has at least one bowel movement a day.
- Water: Be sure your cat always has access to fresh water.
- Food: Feed your pet high quality cat food.
- Exercise: Cats kept indoors need lots of play time.
- Shelter: Outdoor cats need access to shelter from both the sun, rain, and cold winds.
Dogs and cats aren’t the only pets that need regular checkups! We can provide veterinary care to all species of small mammals and reptiles. We recommend that exotic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, ferrets, pot belly pigs, snakes, lizards, turtles and amphibians be seen a minimum of once a year to ensure good health. Many of these animals don’t show signs of illness so regular examinations are vital. Some of these pets, such as the ferret and the potbelly pig, require yearly vaccinations. Many species also benefit from spaying or neutering. If you suspect your pet is ill, please make an appointment right away. At this time, we are not able to see birds or venomous snakes.