Kitten Care

Congratulations on the addition of your kitten to your family! We cant wait to meet your new kitten and welcome him or her into our family too!

The lifetime of love and strong bond you will share with your cat begins the day you bring your kitten home. Proactive veterinary care is very important for your kitten. We look forward to building a long-term relationship with you and hope to be your best partner in helping you keep your kitten healthy so he or she grows into the most wonderful cat they can be.

Your Kitten’s First Wellness Exam

When you bring your Kitten home, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians for your Kitten’s first wellness exam as soon as possible. This initial exam includes a thorough “nose-to-tail” physical and dental evaluation, allowing us to establish an individualized wellness care program for your kitten going forward, including proper vaccinations, parasite protection and proper nutrition. It is the best time to address all of your questions and/or concerns about your kitten and kitten care in general.

When you pick up your kitten, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed. Replicate that schedule until your first Kitten visit with us. We will discuss your Kitten’s breed, anticipated lifestyle and nutritional needs with you during your first Kitten visit.

Your Kitten’s First Visit Includes:

  • A complete physical examination
  • A customized vaccination program dependent on your kitten’s age and lifestyle
  • Internal and external parasite screening
  • Intestinal parasite deworming (as needed)
  • A full screening for feline-specific virus’ such as Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing fleas and ticks
  • Litter box training and behavioral consultation
  • Nutritional guidance for proper food portions and type of food to serve

When visiting with your new kitten for the first time, please bring the following with you:

  • Your kitten on a leash
  • Any prior health records that you received when you brought your Kitten home, such as history of vaccines, deworming, neutering, past medical history, etc.

Immediate care is needed for your kitten if any of these symptoms arise:

  • Coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, or any respiratory problems
  • Excess vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Non-stop panting, exhaustion, or restlessness
  • Loss of appetite (or barely eating)
  • Discoloration of gums (turning from pink to gray or white)
  • Allergic reactions (i.e. swelling anywhere on the body or face or hives which are most visible on the belly
  • Eye injury (even if mild)
  • Seizures, fainting, or collapsing
  • Shock or trauma from an accident (even if physical harm is not detected)
  • Thermal stress, (an increase or decrease in body temperature)
  • Any open wound that is bleeding (even if mild)
  • An animal bite or attack (even if mild)
  • Possible poisoning
  • Foaming at the mouth