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Pediatrics

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Getting a new kitten

“Can I keep ‘im? Ple-e-eaze?!?”
Kittens make such delightful pets, but as with any pet, they are a big responsibility. The Cat Doctor has a Pediatric Program designed to get your new kitten off to a healthy start.

Kitten Nutrition
The nutrition a kitten receives in her first six months has a lifelong effect on her health. We recommend feeding her Science Diet Feline Growth Formula in both canned and dry form. Science Diet foods are nutritionally complete, well-balanced diets, thus it is not necessary to add vitamins. But be sure to keep plenty of fresh water available; it’s all the liquid your kitten will need. DO NOT give your kitten milk; it can cause diarrhea. At the age of 6-8 months you should switch to Science Diet Adult Formula.

Vaccinations
Your new kitten will need a series of vaccinations to protect her from common feline diseases. Our Pediatric Program encompass 3 visits for the following: FeLV/FIV testing (Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency test), physical evaluation, vaccinations, and dewormings.

Parasites
Most kittens come complete with parasites. For this reason, kittens are routinely dewormed during their first two visits. We also carefully check for fleas, ticks and ear mites. Heartworm prevention is also started at this young age and continued monthly throughout your cat’s entire lifespan. Our doctors will discuss with you which prevention plan is best for your cat’s lifestyle.

Spays and Neuters
Cat population control concerns everyone, whether they own a cat or not. Without it, we’d be up to our calves in cats!! The increase in stray cats makes the transmission of disease (including rabies) much more likely. Spay and neuter procedures are usually performed around 6 months of age. In most cases, kittens will bounce back to normal very quickly following surgery.