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Posted on 05-10-2017
Cute, loveable kittens bring joy to children and adults with their boundless energy and heart-melting faces. If you have never been a parent to a kitten before, your Canton veterinarians want you to be aware of important health and emotional needs kittens should receive from a vet and from you. Before welcoming your new kitty into your home, make sure you fully "kitty proof" your home by removing plants toxic to cats (aloe vera, geraniums, ferns), tying up curtain cords and placing breakable knickknacks where your kitty can't reach them. Also, have a new litterbox ready for kitten. You won't need to train your kitten to use the litterbox, since cats instinctively cover up their feces. Just put your kitty in the litterbox and they will start scratching and pawing at the litter naturally.
Kittens should have continuous access to fresh food and water. A combination of dry and wet kitten food is recommended for ensuring your kitten receives the vitamins and minerals they need for optimal health. Kittens need extra amounts of fatty acids, proteins, mineral and amino acids found in specially formulated, commercial food for kittens. Protein is especially critical to a kitten's development, since nearly 35 percent of their energy requirements come from protein. If notice your kitten not drinking much water, try refilling their water bowl several times a day or place multiple water bowls throughout your home to encourage your kitten to drink water.
Your Canton veterinarians will begin giving core vaccinations to kittens when they are eight, 12 and 16 weeks old. These vaccinations include rabies, panleukopenia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis. For cats that spend a lot of time outdoors or live inside but are exposed to outside cats, your vet may recommend the feline leukemia vaccination. Feline leukemia is a viral disease transmitted among cats only that causes serious respiratory and skin infections, loss of appetite/weight, diarrhea and fever.
When your kitten is six months old, remember to schedule an appointment with your Canton veterinarians for a spaying or neutering procedure that helps reduce the pet population and decreases the risk of your kitten suffering certain illnesses and tumors as an older cat. Call Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today.
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