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When should I start my kitten’s vaccines?

As long as the mother is current on vaccinations, your kitten will get some immunity passed from her milk. We recommend starting your kitten’s first vaccines at 8 weeks of age. Our doctors will recommend a vaccine schedule based on the lifestyle your kitten will lead.

At what age should I spay/neuter my kitten?

We recommend that you spay/neuter your kitten around 6 months of age, prior to the first heat cycle in females. This gives them time to physically mature, generally, before they begin to develop negative behavior patterns.

Does my cat really need to be seen every year?
We recommend yearly exams on all cats, even if they appear healthy. Because cats age more quickly than people, we recommend that when they enter their senior years (generally around 7 years), they have a bi-annual exam. By examining your senior pet every 6 months, our doctors have more opportunity to find subtle changes in your cat’s health and behavior that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Cat’s often mask their health problems making it more difficult for owners to realize until they are very sick.
Can my cat pick up parasites even if they are indoors only?

Both your indoor and outdoor cats can be infected by parasites & fleas. Your indoor cat can pick them up by hunting mice/rats that find their way into their protected environment or having contact with your other indoor/outdoor animals. Your outdoor cats have more opportunity to pick up parasites through their environment, fleas, hunting and other animals that wander across their path. Yearly fecal testing is recommended on all cats, and any time you feel they may have been exposed or show symptoms of parasite infestation.

Why is my cat suddenly urinating in the house?

Your cats urinating in the house can be either behavioral or medical. Anytime your cat is straining to urinate, it should be seen immediately. Our doctors will exam your cat and discuss their current behavior. When necessary, laboratory tests will be run in order to accurately diagnose medical reasons for the behavior. After a diagnosis has been made, medications may be prescribed to treat your cat’s current problem.

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