A new kitten is a very exciting addition to the family! With this excitement comes a lot of effort and responsibility for proper care and training to start them out right. Our total kitten wellness program is designed to offer you and your new kitten a fun, informative and positive experience at our hospital.
The services we offer are part of multiple consultations with our healthcare team as your kitten grows and develops. These include:
Kitten Comprehensive Physical Examination
Comprehensive physical examinations are performed to evaluate your kitten for health problems. We evaluate all body systems during these visits to detect congenital problems that they may be born with or develop as they grow of which can include heart problems, eye abnormalities, undescended testicles and hernias.
Immunizations play a very important role in their first visits because their bodies are vulnerable to many serious and often fatal diseases.
Kitten Viral Screening
Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS) are viruses that your kitten can be infected with from their mother or from another cat or kitten. Both result in life long viral infection and can cause potentially devastating consequences. We routinely test all kittens for these two viruses.
Kitten Nutrition Counselling
Nutrition counselling is provided to properly address the specific requirements for your kitten to ensure optimal growth and to reduce developmental problems during this crucial stage of life. Nutrition can influence the length and quality of life of your cat, and have a significant impact on the overall health throughout its life. Many veterinary diets are designed to provide excellent nutrition with the added benefit of not only preventing common problems such as urinary and kidney diseases but are also used therapeutically to treat many diseases that arise such as inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes.
Kitten Parasite Identification, Elimination and Prevention
Parasite identification and elimination will protect them and the rest of your family from the potential serious effects from both internal and external parasites.
Kitten Dental Assessment
Your kitten’s oral health is assessed and monitored for dental growth problems by our doctors and veterinary technicians during their first year of life. Poor dental development including crowded teeth, extra teeth, retained baby teeth, and malocclusions (abnormal position of teeth) can cause serious problems as your kitten matures to an adult cat. As you can imagine, this also usually leads to costly treatments if not addressed early in their lives.
Kitten Behavioural Counselling
Behavioural consultation is provided to aid your family in having a well-adapted kitten leading to a well-behaved adult cat. Adapting positive training techniques early in their life can have a very positive impact for the rest of their life.
Kitten Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering before your kitten reaches puberty will eliminate unexpected litters and also have a significant positive impact on their health as an adult. Mammary tumours (breast cancer), pyometra (infection of the uterus), prostatic infection and enlargement are just some of the diseases that are reduced or eliminated with spaying and neutering. Roaming, territorial aggression and urine marking are just some of the behavioural problems that are averted. Finally, as you can imagine, postsurgical healing of a young kitten from surgery at this active growth stage of life is much quicker than in an adult. These procedures are typically done between 4-6 months, although they can be done safely earlier if necessary.
Cats use their claws for climbing, scratching and to defend themselves. Many social and physical behaviours result in our felines displaying and using their claws on furniture and curtains, but are seen as less than desireable habits by their owners. Traditionally declawing has been the only option offered to manage this behaviour but concerned pet parents are requesting less invasive alternatives. Consequently, we have provided pet parents with options to deal with this natural destructive habit that cats have. Scratching posts, Soft PawsR, regular nail trims and tendonectomy are successful alternatives to declawing.