Are you going to be bringing a new kitten into your home soon? Congratulations! You are certainly in for plenty of adorable moments as your furry new friend learns the do’s and don’ts of being a housecat. As a responsible pet owner, you’ll need to be sure that your furball gets proper veterinary care. One of the first things you’ll want to do is to set up the little one’s initial vet appointment. A local veterinarian discusses Fluffy’s first trip to the vet below.
The Car Ride
Cats are, in general, decidedly less enthusiastic about car rides than our canine friends. Kitties should never be allowed to roam freely in the car, so make sure the little one has a secure carrier. Add a blanket or towel to make it more comfortable for your furry passenger. Little Fluffy will probably appreciate having a toy or two as well. If she cries, speak to her in soothing tones. Playing the radio at a low volume may also help calm her.
Even if your kitten was previously examined by another vet, it’s very important that you take her to your own vet, so that he or she can perform a thorough examination. This will allow your veterinary clinic to create their own records for your furball’s medical history, as well as check for any changes that have occurred since prior exams.
Making sure that your little one gets the vaccinations she needs is very important. The exact shots your furball needs will depend on a few things, mainly her age and what shots she’s already had, if any. Ask your vet for specific recommendations and schedules.
What To Bring
If little Fluffy has had a previous exam, or been fixed already, bring those records with you. Your vet may also request a stool sample. Ask for specific instructions when you call to make the appointment.
In addition to your tiny furball’s initial examination and vaccinations, you’ll want to schedule spay or neuter surgery while your feline friend is still young. Microchipping is also very important, so you’ll want to get this done as well. Last but not least, ask your vet about getting your kitten started on parasite prevention.
Please contact us for all your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We love watching kittens grow from tiny balls of fur to healthy adult cats!