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catIf you have a new kitten in your home. While you get to know each other, we want to provide you with some information that will help make the transition easier for you and your new family member.

An ounce of prevention.

*Immunizations: Your new kitten will need to visit the veterinary clinic every 3-4 weeks during kittenhood to build immunity through vaccination.

*Frequent, regular fecal examinations and deworming

*Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus

*Heartworm/Flea/Tick preventive

*Identification tag/Microchip

*Spay/Neuter your kitten

*High quality diet formulated for kittens

*Kitten-proof your home: remove toxins, electrical cords and heavy objects that could fall on your kitten.

*Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. If cats go outdoors, they should be closely supervised at all times.

*Handle your kitten’s mouth, feet and ears often so they learn to tolerate tooth brushing, nail trims and ear cleanings.

Exercise and mental stimulation. Playtime with your kitten is great bonding time and gives your kitten a chance to learn how the world works. Offer toys that stimulate movement, such as fishing toys, balls and boxes. Toys that emulate the wild nature of your kitten (e.g.: tall scratching posts, perches) help stimulate normal behaviors and prevent unwanted behaviors. Use caution with string and small objects for toys as they can become stuck inside your cat’s body. Do not allow your kitten to play with electrical cords.

Grooming

*Begin brushing your kitten’s teeth to ensure good oral care

*Make sure you use a suitable cat shampoo if they get dirty

*Regularly nail trims

*Brush the coat to prevent matting

Litter box. Kittens tend to naturally have good litter box habits. Litter boxes should be placed in a readily accessible location without stressful noises (e.g.: washing machines) nearby. To keep those good habits, be sure to clean the box at least once each day. By checking the litter box daily, you will also be able to detect health problems sooner.

We look forward to watching your kitten grow. Be sure to call the clinic if you have any questions or concerns about your new kitten.

Your friends at,

Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, 4629 US HWY 701 S, 910-862-3000, Dr. Gensel & Epethealth

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