The Cat Practice

Kitten Care

Welcoming a new kitten is such a special time. As a new pet parent, we understand how important it is for you to feel ready and well-informed. Check out more helpful information below!

Caring For Your New Kitten

When it comes time to bring home your new kitten, you may feel excited and nervous at the same time. There are of course some specific preparations you need to take care of before their arrival. Once you have your home all set and your carrier packed, it’s time to pick up your new friend! We know that you’re going to be very busy helping your kitten adjust to their new surroundings, learn socialization skills, and mastering how to use the litter box! It’s also very important for your kitten to receive the appropriate vet care it needs at an early age. We’re here to help you through the process and allow your kitten to grow into a healthy and active young adult cat.

Once you finish kitten proofing your home, make sure to make a quick checklist for the next couple of steps. When you bring your kitten home, it’s important that you take them in for a health check within that very same week.

Your new kitten's first visit will consist of testing for retroviruses such as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV), parasiticide medication, and administration of age-appropriate vaccinations. It’s always a good idea to ask the shelter or breeder if your kitten has already gotten their first round of vaccines. If so, ask them for a copy so you can provide it at your next appointment with us!

Our vets will go over any other health concerns and will help you determine an individual plan for keeping your new kitten healthy. This may consist of a vaccine schedule, parasite prevention regimen, and of course spaying and neutering. You can always count on us to help you with questions about their general care!

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