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Feline Pet Care

Here you can view more information on kitten care, regular annual check-ups, and senior cat care and what to expect when owning a cat. If you're a first-time visitor, be sure to check out our Before You Visit page to see what additional forms you may need.

Kitten Care

Congratulations! We are eager to meet the newest member of your family.

What to expect on your first visit with us:

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Fecal anaylsis (intestinal parasite screening)
  • Deworming
  • Development of an immunization protocol based on your kitten's individual needs
  • Blood test for Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, depending on your kitten's history
  • Vaccinations, depending on your kitten's age and health history
  • Discussion of parasite prevention products
  • Recommendations for flea and tick prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavior discussion and training recommendations
  • Recommended time for spay and neuter
  • Description of a lifelong preventive health care plan
  • Recommendations and options for veterinary insurance and wellness plans

Please bring the following items with you to ensure that your family has the best possible experience:

  • Your kitten in a closed carrier
  • All veterinary records and other paperwork you have pertaining to your kitten's care
  • A fresh stool sample (ideally less than 12 hours old)
  • Questions you have for us regarding your kitten's health care or behavior

Annual Cat Wellness

Preventive care is the key to ensuring that your cat lives a full and healthy life. The cornerstone of this care is our comprehensive wellness exam. A complete evaluation by a veterinarian, combined with a thorough history, can often detect potential health problems before they become apparent to a cat's family. Identifying conditions early enables us to minimize suffering and prolong a healthy life.

We strongly recommend an annual wellness exam for every cat. Depending on the age and general health of your cat, we may suggest more frequent visits or additional laboratory testing.

All exams include:

  • Heart and Lung Evaluation
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Dental Evaluation
  • Neurologic Evaluation
  • Abdominal Organ Evaluation
  • Lymph Node Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Genitourinary Evaluation
  • Coat & Skin Analysis
  • Body Condition and Weight Assessment

The annual visit for your cat will also include:

  • Heartworm, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Blood Test, depending on cat's lifestyle
  • Fecal Analysis (Internal Parasite Detection)
  • Immunizations as needed
  • Consultation regarding heartworm, flea, tick & other parasite prevention

Vaccinations

Vaccines are an important part of your cat's health care plan. Vaccines, along with wellness exams and parasite prevention products, help keep your pet healthy by preventing serious diseases. Our vaccines for cats include:

  • Rabies Vaccine The first Rabies shot your pet receives (pet must be > 12 weeks old) is good for one year. Subsequent Rabies vaccinations last either 1 or 3 years. We will discuss the rabies vaccine options with you during your pet's annual wellness exam.
  • FVRCP vaccine This is a "4-way" feline vaccine that vaccinates against feline distemper (aka panleukopenia), rhinotrachetitis, calici, and chlamydia. Kittens can be vaccinated as early as 8 weeks and receive "booster" vaccines every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Adult cats are then vaccinated annually.
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine Feline Leukemia Vaccine is recommended for all kittens and for adult cats that go outdoors or interact with other household cats that go outdoors. We will discuss our recommendations regarding this vaccine at your cat's annual visit.
  • Flea and Tick Control We recommend using flea/tick prevention all year around.

Please bring the following items with you to ensure the best possible experience:

  • Your cat in a closed carrier
  • Any previous veterinary records pertaining to your cat if this is your first visit to our hospital
  • A fresh stool sample (ideally less than 12 hours old)
  • Questions you have for us regarding your cat's health

Senior Cat Care

As our feline companions age, changes begin to take place in their bodies that can affect their overall health, well being and comfort. Conditions such as kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and cancer are commonly diagnosed in senior cats. These conditions can be managed when detected early. Once symptoms appear, the conditions may quickly become life threatening or may be too difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Our goal is for you and your cat to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together. For this reason, we recommend a comprehensive exam at least every 6 months for your senior cat. We also recommend routine annual blood tests and urinalysis for our senior patients so that we can detect conditions early, when intervention is most effective.

Because cats age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your cat evaluated:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Bad breath or drooling
  • Increased appetite, especially if accompanied by weight loss
  • Rough appearance to cat's hair coat
  • Increased vocalization or frantic behavior, especially if accompanied by a ravenous appetite
  • Excess urination
  • Increased water intake
  • Decreased activity level, increased stiffness or difficulty grooming
  • Apparent pain when your cat moves or is handled
  • Any vomiting, abnormal stool or decreased frequency of bowel movements
  • A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
  • Sudden tendency to bite or jump from your lap when you brush or pet your cat
  • Depression or listless behavior
  • Increased respiratory rate or open mouth breathing
  • Coughing

After a comprehensive exam, our veterinarians may recommend diagnostic tests or may prescribe medications, supplements or a special diet to improve your cat's condition.

Outstanding Medical, Surgical and Dental Care for your Furry Family Member!

Our goal at Courtenay Animal Hospital is to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy for as long as possible. The most tangible we can help your pets stay healthy is to provide wellness exams, immunizations, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, laboratory testing, dental treatment, nutritional counseling, surgical care and training guidance.