A Healthy Start for Your New Friend
Congratulations on your new family member! We are eager to work with you to ensure that your new kitten is healthy and happy for many years to come. Cat-only vets are exceptionally skilled at getting your feline off to a great start. In addition to medical services, we can provide lots of advice on behavior, care, and lifestyle considerations (nutrition, grooming, play, litter box, etc.)
While you and your new feline friend settle in, you’ll want to plan to visit us as soon as possible. As adorable as new kittens are, it is not uncommon for them to carry some not so endearing companions with them such as worms, fleas, and ear mites. Since intestinal parasites can be transmitted to humans as well as other animals in the household, you’ll want to address any infestations as soon as possible.
In preparation for your appointment, please download a copy of our Vaccinations and Basic Preventative Health Care for Your Cat or Kitten. We’ll review this document with you to decide which vaccinations are appropriate for your newest addition.
What to Bring to Your Kitten’s First Exam:
- Your kitten in a carrier
- ANY previous medical history, i.e. vaccines, deworming, etc.
- Fecal sample less than 12 hours old
What to Expect During Your Visit:
- Complete physical exam
- Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
- Flea and tick control
- Necessary vaccination series and/or boosters
- Heartworm preventive
- Testing for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is highly recommended
- Behavioral and nutritional guidelines.
- A discussion on spaying or neutering (If done by five to six months of age, spaying your female or neutering your male cat has a number of health and behavioral benefits, in addition to preventing unwanted litters.)
- Appropriate play, scratching posts, and declawing discussion
(Learn more about feline nutrition from the CATalyst Council.)
Preventing Pet Loss: Microchipping
Some statistics say one in three animals go missing in their lifetime. For many with indoor cats, they wonder why their cat would ever need a microchip. No matter how closely you watch your wily feline, there’s always a chance that he or she can get out—a missing screen, a careless guest or handyman, or even a natural disaster.
We recommend that you microchip your kitten (or adult cat if not already done). We offer the Home Again microchip and pet recovery service, one of the leaders in the industry.
Consider Us a Resource for All Things Feline
As you are getting to know your kitten, you will likely have questions about nutrition, toys, and various behaviors such as play biting and scratching. We are happy to take the time to discuss these cat care issues with you. We are passionate about felines and want our patients and their families to enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.
- Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about your new kitten.
What Our Clients Are Saying...
“ Her office supports her efforts and provides thorough and personalized attention to our and our cat’s needs. As testimony to her efforts my wife has commented to me on numerous occasions ‘I wish Dr. Dunkle could be my doctor!’ ”— John M.