When you first meet the kitten that will inevitably change your life, you may be overwhelmed with happiness. While it’s possible to lose yourself in all the cuteness, caring for a new kitten must go beyond appreciating his or her wide-eyed wonder and playful antics.
There’s often a spike in adoption of young pets this time of year, but without a strong foundation of health and wellness, a growing kitten could be at risk. That’s why True Care Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure you and your new family member start off on the right paw.
All About Timing
Many adoptable pets are given their first round of pet vaccinations prior to leaving a breeder or shelter. However, it’s still important to bring your new kitten in for a pet wellness exam (don’t forget to bring medical records). We will ensure your kitten is free of external and intestinal parasites, review parasite prevention, and administer any additional vaccinations.
A head to tail exam will help us customize your new kitten’s wellness care plan. A thorough discussion about spaying/neutering will hopefully help you make the right decision for your new pet. We recommend this common surgery take place by age 5-6 months. Benefits of spaying/neutering include:
- Controls overpopulation
- Decreases shelter pets
- Minimizes the risk of cancer, uterine infections, and prostate problems
- Reduces unwanted behaviors such as marking, roaming, or aggression
Caring for a new kitten means providing the right food, which directly impacts future health. Our team is happy to help you design the right diet plan for your growing kitten.
On a related note, your pet’s future wellness depends on how you address the teeth and gums. Waiting until your kitten is older to implement basic pet dental care and hygiene may be too late. Starting in kittenhood not only ensures top-notch oral health, it also makes young pets more accepting of regular teeth brushing.
Caring for a New Kitten
Socialization and training are other major components of kitten care. This includes:
- Early exposure to lots of affection and gentle handling
- Introduction to other people and pets
- Playing with your kitten every day and allowing him or her to experience various learning opportunities
- Offering reassurances and accolades
- Providing a crate for your kitten to become familiar with
iCare and More!
Caring for a new kitten is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and regular wellness exams ensure your little fluffball develops into a happy, healthy adult cat. Because we believe this is such an important stage of life, we regularly offer new pet promotions and the iCare pet health program. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Let the purr-fest begin!
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ