If you have a new kitten, congratulations! If you are just thinking about a new addition, we can help you make an informed decision. Kittens are great fun, but like many young animals, they may need a little extra help in their first few months to help them have the best start in life.
Kitten’s first veterinary visit:
We advise bring in your new friend as soon as possible for their first check-up. This will include a nose to tail exam and then the doctor will discuss any findings with you and where to go from here. This may include topics such as socialization, deworming, testing for intestinal parasites, testing for feline leukemia or FIV, vaccinations and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.
Kittens do have a few needs to grow to happy and healthy cats. An appropriate sized litterbox and litter (make sure that the sides aren’t too tall for your new friend to climb in) placed in an accessible area with some privacy. There are many options out there for food, we advise a one formulated specifically for kittens (our staff can help you make an informed choice - there are so many options!). Access to fresh food and water at all times in clean bowls is a necessity - we prefer stainless steel, glass or ceramic bowls. A carrier to safely transport your pet when needed and bedding to make the ride more comfortable are essential.
Kittens are incredibly curious and this can get them into danger. Before letting a kitten loose in the home, take the time to look for potential hazards. Kittens are great at getting into (and getting stuck in) small spaces. Check for gaps under cabinets, between furniture and walls and behind appliances and block off any openings. Kittens love to play with yarn, string, tinsel and similar items, but they also tend to eat them with disastrous consequences. P icking up string like items can help prevent this. Reclining chairs present a special concern when opening and closing since kittens can get trapped or harmed by them.
Even if you plan on having them indoor/outdoor as an adult cat, it is recommended that you keep kittens indoors. There are many dangers from cars to dogs to wildlife that kittens are ill prepared to handle.
Kittens will play and it is better to give them options that are safe for them. There is a dizzying array of choices available in any pet store. Some options include toy mice, plastic or foam balls, puzzle toys that dispense treats when played with and toys with handles for interactive play. A great homemade toy is a balled up bit of paper- easily made and replaced when it becomes lost or damaged. Supervise play time and dispose of any toys that show signs of wear.
There are many other topics that we would like to discuss with you, such as introducing a new pet when there is already one in the home, food options, treats, training and socialization. We are looking forward to meeting your new addition. Please call to make an appointment.