Congratulations on your new kitten!
This is a very exciting time in your life, and we know you want to give your pet the best care possible. Animal Medical Care recognizes that for your pet to be healthy and happy, we need to work with you as a team. We look forward to seeing you and your new kitten and developing a life-long relationship.
Like babies, kittens need frequent care. This calls for frequent visits to the vet during the first few months of life. Animal Medical Care is here to help you provide the care and support your kitten needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat. Here is a handy checklist that we can both use to make sure we do everything we need to for your kitten.
Step 1: Vaccinations
Vaccinations are ideally given at 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks of age.
Vaccinations are key to preventing several fatal diseases in kittens and cats: feline distemper, three different respiratory organisms, and rabies. To be effective, a series of vaccines must be given to kittens and, thereafter, at least annually. In addition, several other vaccines, including feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency vaccine may be appropriate based on your pet’s situation.
Step 2: Worm & Parasite Treatment
At least two treatments of de-wormer followed by heartworm and parasite prevention treatment.
Worms and parasites are very common in kittens, who can become infected through their mother’s milk. When you bring in your kitten to meet us, we recommend a fecal exam to determine whether he or she has worms. If possible, please bring a stool sample. The sample will be examined under a microscope to detect worms and other gastrointestinal parasites.
Even without a fecal examination, we also recommend that your kitten is given a safe and effective deworming product at least two times, three weeks apart. The de-wormer has no side effects and treats several of the common worms found in kittens.
In addition to checking for and treating any worms throughout your cat’s life, it is also extremely important to provide preventative treatment for heartworms. At Animal Medical Care, we’ll help you determine the best way to both prevent worms and treat them should your cat become infected.
Step 3: Microchipping
Microchipping your kitten is the best way to ensure that you will be reunited in the event you are separated. Animal Medical Care inserts a small chip through a simple, non-surgical procedure that can be scanned for information. You register your information with a service and any vet facility can scan for the chip and track your information.
Step 4: Spaying/Neutering
Recommended at approximately five to six months, depending on lifestyle and breed.
Spaying or neutering your pet will help control the overpopulation problem and also prevent certain health and behavioral problems. At AMC, we go to great lengths to make sure this procedure is the safest it can be and pain-free for your cat.
Step 5: Flea & Tick Treatment
Flea and tick prevention and treatment are essential to your kitten’s health. Prescription medications are highly effective, but any flea and tick treatment should be given with caution to avoid adversely, and sometimes severe, reactions. AMC will advise you on the best treatment for your cat in addition to proper timing, dosage, and application.
Step 6: Develop a General Care Routine
General feline care on a routine basis contributes to your kitten’s overall well-being. General care includes litter box cleaning, trimming nails, cleaning ears, bathing, grooming, and providing durable safe toys.
Step 7: Socialization
Socialization is the key to raising a good cat. Animal Medical Care is here to guide you on the best way to socialize your kitten. Although positive reinforcement is most effective, disciplining your kitten may also be necessary through remote punishment.
Step 8: Prepare for Hazards & Emergencies
Safety and emergency preparedness help you avoid hazards and handle a situation in the event of an emergency.