PENNY PAWS PATH TO WELLNESS FOR CATS
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Are you planning to add a cat to your family?
Before adopting a new cat or kitten please consider the environment in your home. Make sure that all family members are informed and consider the safety of your other pets. Preparation is important! Make sure to buy all the proper equipment that your new cat/kitten will require such as a litter box, a food and water bowl, and a few toys. Make sure there are no poisonous plants or foods in reach, please keep in mind cats can jump up to most cabinets and wardrobes. This also includes making sure no fragile ornaments are in precarious spots.
Consider making a ‘‘safe room’’, and this does not have to be a whole room, but a space like empty closet, a corner of your bathroom, a small place he or she can call ‘home’ while getting adjusted to the new environment.
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How to take care of your kitten during the first 6-8 weeks
Your first veterinarian visit is vital for your cat’s or kitten’s health. This also begins to allow your cat or kitten to adjust to traveling in a cat carrier. As a kitten, this will be the start of many vital vaccines that not only ensure your pet’s health but your own. It is highly important to visit your vet as soon as possible for they might contract any diseases.
- Vaccinations: Appropriate vaccinations prevent diseases in both pets and people. Penny Paws provides a complete vaccination protocol for pets of all ages and lifestyles.
- Make sure to take home a bottle of moisturizing shampoo and adapt your kitten to bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing. During this behavior training should begin, you can also find help with a behavioral trainer.
- Diet/Exercise: Healthy diet and exercise plans aren’t only restricted to people! Obesity and arthritis are terrible problems we see every day. These issues are best avoided than treated. Allow our specially trained Doctors to help design a plan that keeps your pet at an ideal weight and their bones/joint strip-top top condition.
- Socialization: Did you know pets can become anxious, stressed and even depressed? Providing proper socialization allows these pack (cat) critters to be taken care of mentally. Our Penny Paws staff can help provide recommendations given your pets temperament and your home situation.
This first visit is also a great time to ask your veterinarian any questions about behavior training, nutritional needs, and anything else that your kitten may require. Keep in mind your kitten’s weight might double or triple in its first weeks, so it is important to ensure they get their caloric needs are met.
Around this age, your kitten will get the Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccination with the “3-way vaccine” which is a single dose with agents against feline calicivirus, herpesvirus and feline panleukopenia (FRCP). Your kitten should be continually growing and gaining weight through these weeks. If there is a perceivable lack in both areas, please make sure to contact your veterinarian.
Please ensure your kitten is getting regularly scheduled deworming. Roundworms and hookworms of cats can cause serious disease in people, especially children. Treating your cat or kitten for worms is as vital for your cat’s health as well as your own.
- Parasite prevention: Parasites can infect all pets at all ages. This includes intestinal parasites such as worms and protozoa that lead to weight loss and diarrhea, Heartworms which are transmitted by mosquitoes and infect the heart and lungs, External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and ringworm that spread disease and cause discomfort to the pet. Penny Paws Doctors take a knowledgeable and practical approach to prevent, control and monitor for parasite problems.
Regular deworming is recommended by American Association of Veterinary Parasitologist (AVAP) and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Penny Paws Doctors will provide a complete parasite control program for your new kitten.
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During these weeks, your kitten should visit the vet for its final kitten check-up which will include the last round of booster vaccinations and rabies vaccination. Our Penny Paws Doctors will also discuss an appropriate age for sterilization (spay/neuter) with you to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
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In case of your pet becoming lost, there is no better way to make sure they are reunited with you than a microchip. This quick procedure and registration allows your information to be pulled up from the small rice-sized microchip placed under the skin with a quick scan by a vet clinic or animal shelter.
At 4-6 months (ideally perform a 10 chemistry panel, CBC, place IV catheter, and fluids, pain meds perioperatively and to go home. Implant microchip with surgery, full mouth dental X-rays to check for congenital abnormalities. Spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible pet owner thing to do. Not only do you help with pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering have been shown to minimize the risk of several diseases.
Physical examinations are an invaluable way to make sure your pet is doing well inside and out. Our small animal veterinarians are highly trained to detect disease and make pet care recommendations that will make sure your fur-baby is getting optimal care from their vet and from you at home!
We recommend annual dental cleaning if needed, annual chemistry panel, CBC, HW test, and a fecal exam.
Vaccines should be administered annually or every 3 years, it is important to upkeep your rabies vaccinations, depending on the state, it is either every year or every 3 years. It also important that your pet receives year-round flea, tick, heartworm medications, as preventing any parasites is vital to your cat’s health.