A group of kittens can be called a couple of different things. Most common is a “kindle” or a “kyndyll”, but our favorite is an “intrigue”. If you want to know more about an intrigue of kittens, then read on
Taking care of kittens just needs a little bit of attention. Let’s break it down by weeks to make this easier to follow:
Kittens should be feeding off their mother during the first 4 weeks of life. If not, human intervention is needed. Use a special commercial milk-replacer formula every 2-4 hours to make sure the kitten is hydrated and eating.
Put a little milk-replacer formula in a shallow dish to coax the kitten away from the bottle. Add moist, easily chewable diet by mixing warm milk-replacer and high quality canned or kibble (soaked) kitten food. Feed 4-6 times a day.
Kittens should be fully weaned and onto regular kitten food. Feed 3-4 times a day. There is a wide variety of kitten foods to choose from. We can discuss these dietary options with you during your kitten’s veterinary appointment. Canned food mimics your cat’s natural diet both in consistency and formulation. Canned food may also help in preventing urinary obstruction in males and diabetes in senior or obese cats. Many combine canned and dry cat foods.
6 months and older:
Kittens are maturing and should be fed 2-3 times a day.
Kittens fed right grow right. Our team is happy to discuss nutrition and schedule for your kitten when we see you next.
Good cat parents ensure that their cats are properly socialized. This includes getting along with children and other pets in the house. Cats and dogs get along just fine if socialized right. The earlier the introduction, the better it will be for the pets. Supervision is important in the beginning.
Early on, the focus should be on:
What Can Go Wrong With Kittens?Newborns are a handful. When under four weeks, look for the following:
Human parents of kittens may be over-sensitive and cautious, and this is a normal and good reaction. If you observe any odd or concerning behaviors during kitten development, don’t wait and worry unnecessarily.
Preventive care is the best way we can work towards ensuring your kitten has a long and healthy life. Preventive care starts with finding a veterinarian that you can discuss your concerns and issues.
Our veterinarian will perform a thorough exam, recommend vaccinations and set up a preventive maintenance schedule with you.
Our experience enables us to identify the subtle symptoms that may indicate that something may not be quite right. Early detection is the key to good healthcare.
Kitten vaccinations should be started at around 6 to 8 weeks.
This is when we recommend starting the vaccination program. Some vaccines require boosters; these require further shot(s) within 3 weeks for the kitten series, then at one year later. Once your kitten is an adult, we will develop a long term plan together.
Kitten vaccinations include feline leukemia, rabies, and distemper. These infectious, devastating, diseases are preventable with proper vaccinations.
We may have grown up with images of cats lapping up a saucer full of milk, but is that real? Yes! Cats love milk. Is it good for the cat?
Unfortunately, the reality is that most cats are actually lactose intolerant, just like many people are. Technically lactose intolerance means that the cat lacks the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down milk.
And just like in people, without the proper enzyme, milk may cause bacteria to ferment and upset your kitty’s tummy. This may result in diarrhea and maybe even vomiting.
Don’t worry, though, it usually passes within eight to twelve hours and then your cat is feeling fine again.
All kittens need deworming medications to kill most intestinal parasites. We will also test your cat’s stool for other uncommon and potentially serious parasites. Cats, like dogs, can contract heartworms. Sometimes, feline heartworm looks like asthma or other respiratory conditions and may go undiagnosed if not specifically tested for. There is no treatment for cat heartworm. Heartworm prevention medications can easily protect against feline heartworm.
Fleas remain one of the most common and annoying parasites for cats. Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, effective flea and tick control is an important part of kitten healthcare. Over-the-counter flea and tick sprays, powders and collars are not as effective as prescription medications.
Spay and Neuter
By 5-6 months, kittens are entering puberty. We need to schedule your kitten’s spay or neuter during this time to
It is effortless to schedule an appointment with any of our veterinarians. Just make a call or send an email, it’s that easy. Our veterinary team is here to ensure that your kitten stays healthy.