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Kitten Health Care

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A thorough physical examination is performed to ensure your kitten is in good health.

It is important that every kitten, even those who will not go outdoors be vaccinated to prevent many infectious diseases that can cause illness and even death. A thorough physical examination is performed prior to any vaccination to ensure the kitten is in good health.

The following is the recommended health schedule for your new kitten.

8 weeks

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia (this is a combination vaccination)
  • 1st Deworming
  • Stool Analysis

12 weeks

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia (this is a combination vaccination)
  • Feline Leukemia (optional vaccine-risk assessment)
  • 2nd Deworming

16weeks

  • Rabies
  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopenia (this is a combination vaccination)
  • Feline Leukemia (optional vaccine-risk assessment)
  • 3rd Deworming

16weeks and up

  • Basic Blood Screen-prior to spay or neuter (can be done any time before procedure)

5 ½ to 6 mos.

  • Spay /Neuter surgery

Eye Care

Your kitten’s eyes should be clear and bright with no redness or discharge. A small amount of tearing is normal and can be wiped away with a damp cloth or cotton ball. If at any time your kitten’s eyes appear red, cloudy, irritated with or without discharge please call our office for an appointment.

Ear Care

Check your kitten’s ears weekly. A small amount of wax is normal and the outer ear can be wiped clean using a cotton ball and a veterinary recommended ear cleaner when necessary. Never clean the inner ear canal with a Q-tip. If you observe any unusual odour or debris in ear, seek veterinary care.

Feeding

Kittens need to be fed developmental diets. These diets have the right amount of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins required for optimum health. Do not feed your kitten adult cat food, dog food, table scraps or milk. These things can cause digestive upsets resulting in illness. Ask our hospital team about Developmental Diets and feeding guidelines for your kitten’s health.

Dental Care

Your kitten has 26 baby teeth. These teeth will be replaced by 30 permanent teeth between the ages of 4-9 months. At this time your kitten’s mouth may be tender.

It is important to develop a good oral hygiene regime as a kitten as cats are very prone to dental disease.

Learning how to brush your kitten’s teeth effectively can help prevent tooth loss in the future.

We will show you how to make oral care easy for both of you.

Grooming

Regular brushing will reduce shedding and hairballs. When started early it can be a pleasant experience for both feline and friend. Always brush the direction the hair follows. Use a metal comb or brush gently to remove clumps and excess hair. Some long haired breeds need to be brushed daily to maintain a healthy coat and a happy cat.

The Litter Box

It is important to maintain good litter box hygiene. Clean your kittens litter box daily. We do not recommend using clumping kitty litter as when exposed to moisture does just that. Kittens are curious creatures and not above a romp in the kitty litter. Clumping litter can clump around eyes and nasal passages and in between toes and cause irritation.

For more information on your kitten’s health please call our office.