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Your feline pets have different needs as they age!

Find out more about each life stage!


Kitten

Vaccinating your kitten is the best way to ensure your new pet is protected against the many feline viral diseases   Most of these diseases can be life threatening to a young unvaccinated pet.   Our kitten vaccine schedule begins at 8 weeks of age and is completed at 16 weeks of age.  We usually do not recommend beginning vaccines before 8 weeks of age because your kitten still has some antibodies it acquired from its mom when it was born and began nursing.  Those antibodies begin to decline after 6 weeks but in some kittens can still be present until 10 weeks.  We begin vaccines at 8 weeks to begin protection for the kittens who are no longer covered by maternal antibodies.  Since maternal antibodies can interfere with vaccines, we repeat them at 12 weeks old to ensure coverage to those kittens who still had maternal antibodies past 8 weeks.  A typical kitten vaccine recommendation may include the following:

8 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 1
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • FVRCP  1 - Distemper/Respiratory vaccinesKitten playing with toy
  • Flea & Tick Prevention
  • Feline AIDs and Leukemia test

12 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 2
  • FVRCP 2-Distemper/Respiratory vaccines
  • FIV 1
  • FeLV 1

16 Weeks:

  • Kitten Wellness Exam 3
  • FVRCP 3-Distemper/Respiratory vaccines
  • FIV 2
  • FeLV 2
  • Rabies - 1 year
  • Spay / Neuter appointment

 Socialization & Training

Most elective euthanasia's and owner surrenders to SPCA's and rescue groups are for behavioral problems.  Proper socialization and training are essential to having a well adjusted happy pet.  Kittens have a socialization period where they are better able to adapt to new stimuli (situations, people, animals, objects, etc.).  From 4 to 16 weeks (1 to 4 months) of age, your kitten is more readily able to accept new things without being fearful, the more things you can expose your kitten to, the better he or she will be at accepting new things throughout their lives.  It is never too early to start training your kitten!  Yes, cats and kittens can be trained; it is more challenging, but starting young gives you an advantage.  Consistency is the key to any training program.  We recommend positive reinforcement methods of training for both cats and dogs.  Rewarding desired behaviors instead of punishing for unwanted behaviors.  Talk to our Licensed Veterinary Technicians for tips on training your new pet.


Adult Feline

Annual Wellness Exams are an important part of keeping your adult cat healthy.  Early signs of disease can be detected and addressed before your pet becomes seriously ill.  A Cedarcrest Veterinarian will examine your pet and make recommendations based on those findings and the needs of your pet. Ask our Veterinarian about utilizing vaccines titers to minimize the frequency of certain vaccinations for your cat.  Below is an example of what many pet cats in our area will receive based on their indoor/outdoor lifestyle, their health status, and the status of fellow pets in their household.

  • Comprehensive Annual ExamTabby cat
  • FVRCP - Distemper/Respiratory Vaccine
  • FeLV - Feline Leukemia Vaccine
  • FIV - Feline Aids Vaccine
  • Heartworm / FeLV / FIV  combination test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Flea and Tick Prevention



 


Senior Feline

Feline senior citizens require additional care to keep them happy and healthy for life.  As our furry friends begins to show external signs of aging, internally their vital organs are also aging.  Regular monitoring of organ function is critical to identifying age related organ deterioration.

Cats age at a much faster rate than humans. An annual physical exam for your cat is equivalent to us getting a checkup every five to seven years!  Semi-annual exams are recommended for all of our senior patients.

A typical Senior exam includes:Senior Cat

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Vaccination based on Lifestyle
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • CBC - Complete Blood Count
  • Chemistry Panel - Checks organ function, electrolytes, protein levels
  • T4 Blood Test - Thyroid function
  • Complete Urinalysis
  • ERD - Early Renal Detection test