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Give your New Kitten a Great Start
Your newly adopted kittens should visit Family Pet Hospital for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The doctor will examine your kitten from nose to tail and alert you to any current or potential problems noted. Common problems found during a routine kitten examination may include ear mites, fleas, and congenital defects. Ideally, we want you to start bringing your nkitten to see us between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks if he or she comes from a breeder or as soon as possible if you adopt. We will review any vaccinations and discuss your pet’s medical history and expected lifestyle with you. These are the guides we use to develop a protocol of care and vaccinations that we tailor for each pet.
For example, if your cat will be allowed to spend time outdoors, the risk is higher for contracting Feline Leukemia Virus or FIV, commonly known as Feline AIDS. We would want to include vaccines for these vaccines in the protocol. There is no cure for these two diseases, making vaccination against them very important for those cats that go outside or are exposed to cats that go outdoors.
The First Visit for Your Kitten
For your new kittens, the first visit with the veterinarian can be about 40 minutes long. This is about double the regular appointment time. During this appointment we will do a complete physical examination and check a stool sample for parasites.
Our Staff will take the time with you to discuss and/or provide literature regarding:
We will help you schedule follow-up appointments to complete the vaccination series.
Good Pet Nutrition
It is so important to make sure your new pet starts out life with appropriate nutrition. Obesity can make your pet feel bad and cause other health and joint issues. It can also shorten his or her life by a couple of years. We stress the importance of proper nutrition and will give you tips to develop good eating and exercise habits now that will enhance your pet’s good condition and help maintain a healthy weight for his or her whole life. Since felines are strict carnivores (meat eaters) having your kitten start and continue on a high protein low carbohydrate diet is very important in maintaining his or her ideal body weight and condition.
As your kitten grows and matures, the regular visits he or she has come to expect will continue. Throughout your pet’s life, we will work with you to tailor programs of Adult Wellness and Senior Wellness to help enhance your long and happy friendship.
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying or neutering your pet not only means a longer and healthier life, but a better companion, as well. It is best to spay or neuter your pet anywhere from 4 to 6 months. Kittens should be spayed at approximately 6 months of age, prior to their first heat cycle. Removal of the uterus and ovaries (surgical sterilization) is recommended to prevent the birth of kittens as well as serious medical problems such as breast cancer and uterine infections. Spaying also prevents certain behavioral problems such as constant meowing (associated with females in heat). Altering your male cat prior to six months of age can help prevent urine marking and strong urine odor.
A member of our staff can teach you how to properly cut your cat's nails. We recommend getting your kitten accustomed to doing this at an early age. If this is too difficult, and if you are being scratched or your furniture is being damaged, we can declaw your cat's front toes. This is best done at a young age and, ideally, at the time of spaying or neutering to avoid an additional anesthetic procedure at a later date.