11117 Jefferson Ave.

Newport News, VA 23601

Kitten Care

Bringing a new kitten home is like having a new baby in the house. Although you may not have to worry about changing diapers, you need to be aware of quite a few essential things.

One of your first and most important tasks is to make sure you schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Call us at 757-595-3337 to schedule with us.

During your visit, we will help you:

* Decide which type of food your new kitten should eat as well as how much and how often your kitten should eat.
* Determine the best way to control parasites like fleas and ticks.
* Recognize common signs of illness or disease.
* Understand when it is safe to introduce your cat to other animals.
* Determine when you should spay or neuter your kitten.
* Decide whether your kitten should reside indoors or outdoors.
* Schedule your next appointment.

Providing your new kitten with the best possible care will give them a head start on a healthy life. Continuing with routine pet care will help you detect diseases early in your feline friend. The earlier you begin treating a problem, the better the outcome and the quicker your cat will return to their healthy and happy life.

Tips for your new kitten

* Food and water: Although it is obvious that your cat will need food and water, not all foods are the same. Make sure the food you are
feeding your cat is high-quality and full of protein. Your kitten will need a proper diet to help provide them with the best nutrition. We will help you decide on the best diet for your new kitten. Also, make sure your new kitten has access to water 24/7.

* Toys and Treats: Cats are curious animals and often want to play or get into things around the house. Toys are a great way to keep your
kitten's attention and can help keep them out of trouble.

* Vaccinations: Diseases can often be transmitted from one animal to another. It is best to have your kitten vaccinated to help keep them healthy and help prevent disease contraction and spread. Since Virginia is a Rabies epidemic state, vaccination is required by law for all cats, indoor or outdoor.

* Intestinal Parasite Testing: Kittens should be tested or treated for intestinal parasites depending on individual circumstances. The most common intestinal parasite in kittens is transmissible to people, small children in particular, and may result in blindness. The CDC reports more than 700 people in the United States lose their vision each year to this parasite.

* Spay & Neuter: When your cat reaches the appropriate age, they will need to be spayed or neutered. Not only does this help decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies, but it also helps reduce the chance of ovarian and testicular cancers later in life.

Important items to provide for your new kitten

* High-quality food formulated for kittens
* Food bowls, preferably metal or ceramic
* Litter box and cat litter
* Collar, ID tags, and microchip (ask us about microchips)
* A comfortable, warm cat bed
* Cat carrier (to help transport your cat to the vet and other places)
* Scratching post(s)
* Kitten-safe toys (make sure there are no small pieces that your
kitten can swallow)
* Cat brush
* Cat toothbrush and toothpaste

At Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, we want to help you and your new kitten get off on the right paw. A cat can be a delightful and entertaining companion for many years, and our goal is to help make those years the best they can be.

Call Warwick Animal Hospital today 757-595-3337 to schedule your appointment for your new kitten. We look forward to meeting you and your new feline friend.

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