Congratulations on your new kitten! Having a new kitten is very fun and exciting, watching as they explore, grow, and learn something new every day. Your first visit to the veterinarian with your kitten can be a little over whelming, so we wanted to list a few tips to help you raise your kitten healthy and happy.
Pet Food and Nutrition
It is very important that your kitten is on a high quality pet food. Feeding your kitten table scraps (human food) or excessive amounts of treats is never a good idea because your kitten will become overweight. Overweight kittens become overweight, unhealthy adults. We would be happy to find you an appropriate food for your kitten.
Intestinal Parasites and Deworming
Most kittens have intestinal parasites. They can actually be passed to the kitten from the mother or very easily from other animals through contact with feces. Parasites are also transmitted by ingestion of mice, rabbits or any other type of rodent. Intestinal parasites live in the kitten’s stomach or attached to the intestinal walls and feed on their blood supply. Your kitten may have parasites if they have a poor hair coat, vomit, have black stools, or have a pot-bellied appearance.
Another important note is that some parasites can actually be transmitted to humans. This is why regular deworming schedule is important. Kittens should be dewormed 3-4 times approximately 2 weeks apart to make sure that all of the life stages have been killed. A regular deworming program should also be in place for your cat when it is an adult.
External Parasites and Prevention
External parasites include fleas, ticks, lice, mange, etc that can be picked up almost anywhere. Most parasites can be seen by the naked eye. These parasites can carry many diseases, such as heartworm or Lyme disease, that can make your kitten very ill or be even fatal. You should start using external parasite prevention at as young as 6 weeks and continue to use yearly typically throughout the warmer months.
Ideally kittens should be vaccinated 3 times, 3-4 weeks apart to build up good immunity. We start vaccines at 6 weeks of age. In this set of vaccines we vaccinate for; Feline Upper Respiratory Disease and Feline Panleukopenia which is a gastrointestinal disease. We booster this set again at 9 weeks along with Feline Leukemia which is an immunodeficiency disease. At 12 weeks of age we booster all the previous sets of vaccines to make sure they have a strong immunity against these disease. They also receive a rabies vaccine. All of the diseases above are very serious and can be sometimes fatal. They still occur in unvaccinated animals in our area. If your kitten is not vaccinated at 6 weeks, we start the vaccine series as early as possible. After the initial vaccine series they only need to be boosted every year.
Kitten Wellness Packages
These cost saving packages include everything your kitten needs for a healthy start including a comprehensive physical exam, vaccinations and so much more.
Your kitten should be spayed (female) or neutered (male) at six months of age.
It is very important that you spay your female pet because:
It is very important that you neuter your male pet because: