Your kitten’s first visit to Montrose Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel starts your kitten off on “the right paw” and establishes the relationship between you and our health care team. We are excited to meet your new kitten and provide you with the best kitten care, guidance, and information you will need to ensure that your new kitten grows up into a strong, healthy, and happy cat!
The first step you can take is to visit us so that we can perform a comprehensive “nose-to-tail” physical exam on your kitten. This initial visit has many benefits:
Very young kittens do not have fully developed immune systems and are highly susceptible to infectious diseases. To keep your kitten healthy and to provide optimal protection against disease for the first few months of life, we will schedule a series of vaccinations for your kitten at your first wellness exam. These vaccines are usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most kittens, the final vaccination in the series is administered at when they about 4 months of age.
Fleas and ticks are more than an annoyance for your kitten. They can be transmission agents for numerous preventable diseases. Diseases such as Lyme disease, heartworm disease, and West Nile Virus, are preventable if you prevent flea and tick bites. Internal parasites such as tapeworms can also be prevented. We carry the safest, most effective flea and tick preventatives in our pharmacy. Using a flea prevention medicine, you can keep fleas from infesting not only your kitten, but also your home. We will discuss flea and tick prevention for your kitten with you at your kitten’s wellness exam, and together decide on a preventative that best suits your kitten.
Your kitten’s wellness exam is the perfect time to discuss your kitten’s nutritional needs with us. Your kitten needs balanced nutrients and access to fresh water. The only accurate information about a kitten food is on the label of the container or package. By understanding a few simple concepts, you can accurately evaluate the label on any pet food. You should ignore anything outside of the product information panel, because that information is for marketing purposes only. The correct food for your kitten involves his or her weight, body condition, life stage and overall health. We will be happy to review your kitten’s food with you so that your kitten is receiving optimal nutrition during this important growth stage.