New Kitten Guide

Hello Kitty!

Congratulations! We are so excited to meet your new kitten! Our goal is to help keep your kitten on track to a healthy, happy, long life! We want you to know we are here to help with any questions or concerns.

Also check out our New Puppy Guide


Insurance

As pet parents we want to give the best care we can to our furry family. Injuries and illness can come unexpectedly and expenses can add up quickly. Pet insurance works as a reimbursement for submitted claims.

Pet Plan INSURANCE
1-866-467-3875

TRUPANION INSURANCE
855-210-8749


Diet

What to feed your new kitten.

Picking a food can be difficult with many different options on the shelf. It is important that your new kitten be on a kitten specific diet. Kitten formulas are developed to help provide proper nutrition as they grow. We recommend feeding a combination of canned and dry diets, ideally with a variety of flavors and textures.

Please do not hesitate to ask us if what you are feeding is a good option!


Litter Boxes

  • The bigger the better, the more the merrier!
  • 1 Cat = 2 Litter boxes, 2 Cats = 3 Litter boxes, and so on…
  • Our feline friends enjoy their privacy.
  • Finding their bathroom should be easy. Help your kitty by placing it in an easily accessible spot.
  • Pick a spot and stick to it.

Keep it Clean!

Once a day scooping will keep your kitty happy and maintenance low. Cats can prefer one type of litter over Another. Trying multiple types can help identify the right fit for your feline.


Toys

Do Cats Need Toys?? – Absolutely

Toys provide an outlet for excess energy and mental stimulation. Keeping your kitty occupied helps prevent unwanted behaviors. Cats have different preferences in their toys. Offer a variety and change the toys over time so Kitty doesn’t become bored. Some ideas are:

  • Wand toys
  • Laser pointers
  • Tunnels
  • Cat Nip
  • Boxes and Paper Bags
  • Toy mice
  • Balls

Cats LOVE heights. Perches or window seats provide appropriate areas for our kitty friends. Don’t forget our feline friends can learn commands (come, sit, etc.) with positive reinforcement.

Use caution with hair ties and toys with string or feathers. Some cats may ingest them and become ill. Be careful with toys as other household pets may want to play with them and could swallow them.


Microchipping

Microchips help reunite you with your pet if they become lost. They are small and easy to implant.


Your Kitty’s Health

Vaccinations

FVRCP Vaccine: Given every 3 to ­4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
Rabies Vaccine: Given between 12 and 16 weeks of age and are required by law!
Leukemia Vaccine: We recommend all kittens be vaccinated for FeLV, to avoid viral infection that can cause leukemia. A series of two vaccines 4 weeks apart with a booster one year later. This vaccine is recommended annually for indoor/outdoor cats.
Rhinotrachetis: Very contagious, mouth ulcers, eye and nose discharge.
Calcivirus: Very contagious, sneezing, severe eye infection.
Panleukopenia (distemper)­: Most prevalent in un­vaccinated kittens. No specific cure, treatment includes hospitalization and empiric care.

FIV / FeLV Testing

Recommended for all kittens and newly adopted cats. Both are retroviruses, similar to human HIV, but only found in cats. Causes immune suppression making positive cats more susceptible to infections.
Positive cats should be indoor only!

Claws and Paws

We recommend offering several scratchers to prevent inappropriate scratching. Scratchers come in a variety of textures (ie: cardboard, sisal, carpet) and shapes (ie: mats, posts, beds, boxes). You should have at least one vertical and one horizontal type. Trimming their nails frequently can also help prevent unwanted scratching. Nail caps can be applied to prevent damage from scratching.

Kitten Claws

Flea & Tick Prevention

Flea and tick preventives should be given year round to indoor/outdoor cats and seasonally to indoor only cats.

NEVER USE DOG PREVENTATIVES ON CATS!

Heartworm & Intestinal Parasite Prevention

Heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention should be given year round to indoor/outdoor cats. Heartworm is a mosquito-­borne parasite that lives in the heart and bloodstream. Intestinal parasites are transmitted by fecal­ oral contact and hunting. Annual fecal examination is recommended at time of annual wellness exams.

Spay & Neuter

It is recommended that all kittens be spayed and neutered at the age of 6 months. Prior to scheduling, we will perform pre­-anesthetic bloodwork to help minimize any complications. Please contact us with any additional Questions!

Dental Care

Dental disease is the most common disease diagnosed in cats. Brushing your cat’s teeth frequently is the most effective way to prevent problems. The earlier you acclimate your cat to tooth brushing, the more cooperative they will be. Using dental treats can help if used often. The more home care you provide, the less often your cat will need professional dental cleanings!


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