Kitten Wellness

"No two ways about it, puppies and kittens are adorable. It's easy to be transfixed by the tiny paws, tiny noses, and big bellies galloping around your home in a riot of excitement. Puppy- and kitten-hood the first six months of life can be one of the best times in a pet's life, but it requires some diligence and special care from loving pet owners. The first thing you should do with your new kitten or puppy is make an appointment to see a veterinarian."
American Animal Hospital Association 

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual... (animal). Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the... (animal).”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Parainfluenza)
    • Every 3-4 weeks between ages 6-16 weeks
    • Booster 1 year after initial dose
  • Feline Leukemia
    • Administer two doses, 3–4 weeks apart, beginning as early as 8 weeks of age
    • Booster 1 year after initial dose
  • Rabies
    • Single dose at 12 weeks of age or as required by law
    • Booster within 1 year after initial dose

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Our clinic follows guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Indoor Cats

  • Deworm at 3, 5, 7, 9 weeks of age with Strongid
  • Deworm annually with Profendor
  • Perform fecal yearly

Outdoor Cats

  • Deworm at 3, 5, 7, 9 weeks of age with Strongid.
  • Deworm yearly with Profendor then Strongid sent home in individual syringes to be administered orally every 3 months for 3 treatments.
  • Perform fecal yearly

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Yes,you can teach your kitten to have its teeth brushed and we highly recommend it. Here is other advice as well. 

Preventive Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew; better to rinse; but it is best to brush!

Retained Teeth

All permanent teeth should be erupted by 6 months. Sometimes a deciduous (baby) tooth doesn’t come out and causes misalignment. Contact us if this happens. 

Juvenile Prophylaxis

A juvenile prophylaxis provides the opportunity to strengthen the enamel of the erupting permanent teeth of the kitten. In addition fluoride provides a 30 day residual antibacterial activity and desensitizes exposed dentin.  

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About 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.
The Humane Society of the United States

Spay

We recommend a laparoscopic spay for females at approximately 6 months of age.

Neuter

Recommend at approximately 6 months of age.


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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial and is formulated for growth.

RecommendationScience Diet® Healthy Advantage Kitten

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.

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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to and if behavioral problems occur.

Litter Box Training

A general rule of thumb is to provide 1 litter box/cat + 1.  Initially, it is best that the kitten be confined to a small area with an appropriate sized litter box. This allows you to take advantage of a cat’s tendency to eliminate in a loose material. As long as the kitty litter is easily accessible and is the only loose substrate available, very little effort should be required to litter box train the kitten.  We recommend non scented litter.

Destructive Behavior

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. Although scratching does serve to shorten and condition the claws, perhaps the most important reason why cats scratch is to mark their territory (both visibly and with the scent of the foot pads). Building or designing a user friendly scratching post, providing a regular daily routine of social play, object play and exercise, and keeping thecat away from potential problem areas will usually be adequate to deal with most scratching problems.