See your veterinarian right away! it is vitally important that your new kitten start out with a clean bill of health. Your veterinarian can check your new pet for illness or abnormalities. Then follow the Kitten Timetable below to assure continued good health and well being.
|Baby Teeth in||2 – 4 Weeks|
|Weaning||6 – 8 Weeks|
|*Parasite Checks||3, 6, 8, 10, 12 Weeks|
(Enteritis, Pneumonitis, Rhinotracheitis)
|6 – 14 Weeks|
|Teething (Permanent Teeth)||11 – 30 Weeks|
|*Spaying female||6 – 8 Months|
|*Castrating Male||8 – 10 Months|
|Initial Rabies Vaccination||4 months – 1 year|
(Enteritis, Pneumonitis, Rhinotracheitis, Rabies
|6 months – 2 years|
|Age for Mating||1 Year or Older|
*Consult your veterinarian.
SYMPTOMS OF A SICK KITTEN
If your kitten develops any of these symptoms, take him immediately to your veterinarian for a checkup.
- A dull, patch coat, with heavy shedding
- A loss of appetite for several days in succession
- Red, watery, runny eyes
- Severe diarrhea
- Acute swelling, or small lumps on his body which are increasing gradually in size.
- A runny nasal discharge
- Repeated vomiting
- Repeated coughing or sneezing (Occasionally kittens and cats will have a sneezing fit or coughing spell, or vomit without anything being seriously wrong. If these symptoms persist, contact your vet).
Let your veterinarian be your guide on any of your pet’s health problems, including vaccinations and neutering.
With proper care, a balanced diet and the necessary vaccinations, your kitten will enjoy a life span of 17 or more years – years that will bring you happiness and companionship from a healthy, happy friend.
There are many valid reasons to consider neutering your kitten. A healthy female can begin producing kittens of her own at around six months of age. With a gestation period of just 63 days, this means the possibility of several litters of kittens every year! Neutered cats are gentler, friendlier, and stay closer to home.
Neutering is a simple surgical procedure that involves very little risk to your cat. In addition, neutered cats enjoy certain health benefits. Spayed females will not suffer uterine infection and are much less likely to contract breast cancer, especially if the surgery is done when the cat is young.
Castrated males are less likely to fight, less likely to roam the neighborhood, and their life expectancy is greater.
Unless your cats are purebred and you plan to breed them, there is no reason not to have your pet neutered. If you choose to breed them, the normal gestation time is 58 to 65 days.
SPAYING THE FEMALE CAT. Ideally, the female cat should be 6 or 7 months old. At this time, she will have received all her shots and have completed her natural physical and hormonal development. She is also young enough to make a speedy recovery. Spaying removes the uterus and ovaries, making the cat sterile and sparing her the discomfort of unfulfilled heats.
CASTRATING THE MALE CAT. A male cat should be neutered between his 7th and 10th month. This prevents him from developing all the “tomcat” habits, such as fighting and marking territory with urine spraying. The surgery removes the testes, and usuallay does not require stitches.
FLEAS. Fleas are the most apparent and obviously distressing parasites that attack your kitten. The signs of flea infestation are constant scratching, flecks of dried blood and flea excrement in your kitten’s fur and sighting the actual fleas themselves.
To fight flea infestation you treat the pet and the environment. Your veterinarian can suggest an effective flea dip. Another treatment is to bathe your pet, then apply flea powder, spray, collar, flea tag, or one of the topical or pill flea and tick treatments on the market today.
To treat the environment, wash your pet’s bedding in hot water. Wash any washable blankets or rugs he has been on, then clean the carpets with a commercial rug cleaner. Use insect-killing room foggers every few weeks, to kill the fleas at the beginning of their life cycles. If the problem persists, call a professional exterminator to spray thoroughly inside and outside your home.
EAR MITES. Kittens are especially susceptible to ear mites. They are transmitted from the mother cat to her kittens, from kitten to kitten, and from dog to kitten. Mites can lead to secondary ear infections. The signs are dark, grainy residue in your pet’s ears, and a tendency to “worry” or paw at the ears. Constant shaking of the head could also mean mites. Take your pet to the veterinarian for treatment.
INTERNAL PARASITES. The signs of the internal parasite infestation are vomiting, diarrhea, an lethargy. The villains are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and coccidia. Cats contract these worms by eating infested rodents, sniffing or walking on infested ground or swallowing infested fleas. To be safe, have your cat checked for worms by your veterinarian once a year.
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