Congratulations on your new kitten! We at Glenwood Animal Hospital understand the unique needs of kittens and their owners. Our priority is to provide our kitten patients with the best quality veterinary care with the feline-specific attention they need and deserve. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is trained with the optimal methods to handle your kitten in order to have a smooth, yet efficient exam. We understand that vet visits can be stressful and even scary, which is why we aim for a low stress environment to further decrease any anxiety associated with their visit.
We also take every kitten’s individual needs into account when talking with new owners about which vaccines, tests, medications or services are needed for their pet. This is based on not only the pet’s environment and lifestyle, but also the most up to date research and protocols now available in feline care.
Kittens have special health care needs in the first few months of their lives and we have developed a comprehensive kitten wellness schedule to meet those needs. This schedule starts at 9 weeks of age and continues through 16 weeks of age and includes all of their required vaccinations to ensure they reach adulthood happy and healthy. At your first visit, the veterinarian will go over all the protocols and provide the owner(s) with all the necessary information they need. If your new kitten is currently over 9 weeks of age, do not think it is too late. We can get them started as soon as they join your household regardless of age.
Some commonly asked questions:
Q: What age do you start kitten vaccinations?
A: 9 weeks of age
Q: When should I start heartworm prevention?
A: 9 weeks of age
Q: How often should I feed my kitten?
A: Depends. Many cats do better with being able to snack during the day. In this case, many people will leave out dry food, so their cats can nibble periodically as they feel the need. However, some cats will eat all the food left for them in one sitting. In this case, it is best to have set meal times 2-3 times a day.
Q: Should I feed my kitten wet food or dry food?
A: Both. Dry food is good if leaving food out during the day for your cat to snack on. It also helps their teeth since they have to chew the kibble. However, canned food is very beneficial. It has more water added thus is good for those cats that are prone to urinary tract problems as well as less carbohydrates which will help with obesity, diabetes, and possible kidney problems. Even if you choose to feed only dry food, it would be best to give them a canned food treat at least once weekly.
Q: Which type of food should I feed my kitten?
A: You need to feed your kitten a good quality kitten food. Recommendations of quality kitten food brands include Hill’s Science Diet, Purina One and Eukanuba just to mention a few.
Q: When should I switch to adult food?
A: Generally about a year of age.
Q: When should I get my kitten spayed/neutered?
A: Generally around 6 months of age.
Q: Why should I get my kitten spayed/neutered?
A: Spaying/neutering decreases the amount of unwanted kittens, but also many healthy conditions associated with intact animals. Examples include womb infections, mammary cancer and testicular cancer not to mention unwanted behaviors like escaping, aggression or territorial marking.
Q: What is the normal temperature of cats?
A: Cats and kittens run a higher temperature than humans. 100.5-102.5 is considered a normal range.
Q: Is it normal for my kitten to have diarrhea?
A: Simply, no. Diarrhea is rarely a normal finding.
Q: How do I know if my kitten has worms?
A: Sometimes you can see the worms in the stool, but often you are not able to see them with the naked eye. It takes examining to stool under a microscope at the vet’s office to see the worm eggs. It is best to bring in a stool sample to your veterinarian if you have any questions.
There are many questions that the new owner will have and the list above just addresses a few. We welcome you to schedule an appointment and the veterinarian will be happy to address all of your concerns. We know how important this time is for both you and your kitten and look forward to being an active part in their care and well-being.
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