Kitty Kisses: Caring for Your New Kitten
Bringing home a new kitten can be a wild ride. From one minute to the next, he or she will seemingly shift from an adorable sleeping ball of fur curled up on your chest to a wild panther stalking the prey that is your curtain from the top of your walls.
But if your new cat is going to continue his or her reign as the king or queen of your personal jungle, then he or she will need a healthy start in life.
Within the first week of welcoming your new kitten into your home, you will need to schedule his or her first wellness exam. At this time your veterinarian will do a quick, hands-on, nose-to-tail examination of your pet and discuss what you can expect when it comes to caring for your cat (including housebreaking and litter box care), what his or her nutritional needs will be, and the overall basics of caring for your new pet.
You will also set a vaccination and de-worming schedule for your pet (depending on his or her age and vaccination history) and discuss the proper timeframe for having your pet spayed or neutered.
While your pet’s early-days care schedule may vary a bit, you can usually anticipate the following landmarks within the first year:
- Vaccinations at 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks
- Establishing a routine for heartworm, flea, and tick preventives
- De-worming—Be certain to schedule a de-worming for your pet at least four times between weeks 6–15, and again at 6 months and 1 year of age
- Having your pet spayed of neutered—Typically between 4–6 months of age
- Microchipping—So your pet can get home safe and sound, should he or she ever stray from home
- Behavior and obedience training
Staying on Track
Keeping your kitty faithful to his or her vaccination, de-worming, and preventives schedule is vital for your pet’s health and longevity. All too often we see new pet owners think they can get away with only having their new pets in for one round of vaccinations, and that he or she will be fine. But this is not true. Please keep up with your pet’s care schedule. Your new kitten’s life may depend on it.
As you explore the care your new pet will need throughout his or her lifetime, we hope you will explore our Pet Wellness Packages. These wellness plans will grow with your pet and his or her care needs throughout your pet’s life stages and will make veterinary care for your new puppy or kitten an affordable reality.
If you have any questions regarding your kitten’s early-days care or our wellness packages, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to answer your questions and schedule an appointment for your new pet.