What to Do with a New Kitten
Kittens make wonderful pets. Not only are they adorable, but they are also loving and affectionate. If you are planning to adopt a kitten, you should understand all of the responsibilities associated with owning a kitten. One of the first things that you should do is schedule an appointment with our veterinarian at Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park. There are several reasons why this first appointment is important.
Toe to Tail Exam
During your kitten’s first exam, the vet will do a toe to tail exam. This exam is essential in making sure that your new kitten is healthy. There areas of your kitten’s body that the vet will examine:
- Eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth
- Skin and fur
- Heart and lungs
- The kitten’s gait
This examination is essential in catching any medical conditions your kitten may have early.
Your kitten is going to need several vaccinations during their first year of life. They will also need booster shots for the rest of their lives. If your cat received their first round of shots before you adopted them, you should bring these records with you to your first visit. If your kitten has had their first round of vaccinations, the veterinarian will schedule the next round during this visit. If your kitten has not had their shots yet, they will get their first round. Vaccinations are essential for you to kitten to live a long and healthy life.
During your first visit, the vet will check your kitten’s weight. If your kitten is overweight or underweight, the vet can give you dieting tips to help your kitten reach a healthy weight.
Microchipping involves a tiny microchip being implanted behind your kitten’s ear. The chip contains all of your contact information, which would make it easy to be reunited if they were to get lost. Even if your kitten is an indoor cat, you should consider microchipping. Not only is it very affordable, but your kitten will be safe if they escape from the home undetected.
Discuss Spaying and Neutering
Having your pet spayed or neutered is essential for your pet to live a long and healthy life. These procedures can prevent various types of cancer and certain types of infections. Also, when you male pet is neutered, he won’t emit the strong-smelling spray that cats who are not neutered let off.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are planning to adopt a cat or a kitten, schedule an appointment with Companion Pet Clinic-Cascade Park. The veterinarian at our Vancouver veterinary clinic provides all the preventative care necessary to help your kitten stay healthy. To schedule an appointment with our animal hospital, give us a call today at (360) 254-8811!