Congratulations on your new kitten! We are here to help you with everything there is to know. From vaccines to litter boxes, we have put together a list of helpful resources and links to provide you with all the necessities. But always feel free to give us a call with any unanswered questions!
Keeping your cat healthy is important in many ways. Understanding the vaccine your pet receives is key for pet owners. The number ONE reason to vaccinate your pet is to keep them free from disease that could potentially make them very sick or even become life threatening.
- FVRCP - Commonly referred to as "Feline Distemper" combines 3 diseases we want to protect against.
- FVR = Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (also known as "Feline Herpes Virus") - An infectious respiratory disease caused by a virus spread between cats or through contact with contaminated objects (i.e. food and water dishes). Both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk of infection. Symptoms include: Nasal/eye discharge, anorexia, ulcers in mouth.
- C = Calicivirus - A highly-contagious virus that affects the upper respiratory tract in cats and accounts for approximately 40% of all respiratory diseases in cats. Many cats infected with this become chronic carriers and continue to spread the virus. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal/eye discharge, oral ulcers, fever, and lethargy.
- P = Panleukopenia - A highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease. Infected cats can experience fever, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme dehydration, and often septic shock.
*FVRCP is given to your kitten in 3 series. Each booster is given 3-4 weeks apart and are usually given at 8 weeks,12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age.
- FeLV = feline Leukemia Virus - This viral disease attacks the immune system and leaves cats vulnerable to a host of secondary infections. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats and may cause various blood disorders. During early stages, cats may show no signs; over time cats may experience weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, persistent fever, skin and bladder infections, persistent diarrhea, and neurological disorders. This virus is spread from cat to cat through casual contact such as grooming or sharing food/water.
*FeLV does need to be boostered when given for the first time. After initial vaccine, booster can be given in 3-4 weeks then given annually.
- Rabies - Rabies is an often fatal virus that affects the brain and central nervous system of both people and animals. It is transmitted through direct contact (i.e. broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth) with saliva or brain/nervous system tissue from an infected animal.
*Rabies is given at 12 weeks of age and does not need to be boostered.
*Rabies is the only vaccine that is required by law in all 50 states for ALL domestic cats and dogs, both indoor and outdoor. NO exception since this is a fatal disease to both humans and animals.
A scratching post is an important tool to satisfy your cat's itch to scratch. Choosing the right one for your cat matters. What's their preferred material? Do they crave vertical or horizontal scratching surfaces? Does your cat like to stretch high and far above their head? These are just some questions to ask yourself when deciding on what cat furniture will best suite their needs.
It is important to know what is best for your cat to make them comfortable in your home. A litter box is a crucial component of your cat's life. It is also important to know what litter will best suite their needs. Below is a link with resources that can help you in the deciding process.
Flea&Tick and Heartworm Preventions
Cat Owner Educational Brochures
Below is a website that has various pieces of literature that go over topics such as; vaccinating your cat, how/what to feed, your cat's environmental needs, getting your cat to the vet, etc. These are helpful topics for any cat owner but don't forget to consult with your doctor before introducing anything new. We are always glad to help!