The following are recommendations our veterinarians have made to help your kitten live a happy, healthy life with you and your family.
This vaccination protocol is based upon AAHA recommendations. The veterinarian may change these recommendations based upon the lifestyle and risk of your pet.
FIV and FELV are contagious and potentially deadly diseases that can be passed to kittens from their infected mothers. This test should be performed in kittens after 8 weeks of age.
Now is a great time to get your kitten used to the sensations of tooth brushing.
There are many types of insurance coverage for your pet. Some insurance plans offer coverage for injuries/illnesses, some plans offer coverage for wellness/ preventative needs, and some plans offer coverage that is comprehensive (both illness and wellness). There are several companies to choose from with a few listed below.
Trupanion Insurance offers 30 days of free insurance if you contact them within 24 hours of your first veterinary exam. Trupanion also directly reimburses your veterinarian.
We recommend offering foods that have been AAFCO tested, not formulated, on cats and are for the kitten life stage, not adults or seniors. If a food has been AAFCO tested, it will say so on the bag.
Our veterinarians recommend:
There are many other good quality foods on the market, but be cautious. Expensive marketing campaigns are misleading and do not always correspond with the quality of the food.
Onychectomy is a procedure which involves surgical removal of multiple bones from the feet of cats. It is a major surgery that is accomplished by the disruption of skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones, ultimately resulting in multiple amputations for the patient. This is NOT a minor procedure; it is an amputation of the distal bone as the nail actually originates from the bone. There are many possible risks associated with the surgery, including anesthetic complications, hemorrhage, infection, claw regrowth, and chronic pain. Declawed cats whose lifestyle includes outdoor activity will be at a disadvantage to defend themselves and escape danger. Additionally, declawing is not a treatment for behavioral issues, and there is a risk that untreated behavior problems, especially those involving aggression, may escalate as a result of declawing.
Instead of declawing, information about the natural scratching behavior of cats and appropriate alternatives to declawing can be found through the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The following resources provide information regarding normal scratching behavior, appropriate scratching posts, pheromone products, deterrents to scratching inappropriate surfaces, temporary nail caps, and nail trimming.
Client education from the AVMA:
Feline behavior and scratching post information:
Products that may help prevent unwanted scratching:
Many cats dislike going to the veterinarian, and that starts with the difficulty of getting the cat into the carrier. If we can make this step easier, the entire veterinary visit is usually less stressful.
We can provide many brochures that go into extensive detail about all types of things to help cats come into the office, with house-soiling issues, environmental needs and much more!
Bored cats can get frustrated and begin to exhibit unwanted behaviors. They can take out their frustrations in destructive ways like scratching, potty accidents, or even aggression. There are many simple and easy ways to stimulate your cat’s mind and body, from toys to food games and DIY projects with items you probably already have in your home.
Providing elevated spaces, perches or a cat tree can allow your cat to engage in natural predatory behavior. A lower window perch where your cat can watch nature outside is not only great for your feline's visual enrichment but perfect for senior cats who may lack mobility and can't climb a cat tree. A circulating water system is great to occupy your cat and keep water fresh- their curiosity alone will keep them constantly hydrated. Food puzzles can also be great enrichment tools and slow down fast eating cats or help with weight loss. The internet has many ideas for DIY Cat Enrichment Toys – take a look and be creative! But avoid strings and other things that could be swallowed by your cat.
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