Congratulations on becoming a first-time pet owner! Along with the excitement and happiness that a new pet brings into the home, a new pet also comes with a huge responsibility. Whether you recently got a new kitten or adopted a cat in-need of their forever home, All About Cats Veterinary Clinic is here to help you navigate your experience as cat owner. On this page, you will find everything you need to know to keep your new cat happy, healthy and, most importantly, safe!
Pet Services Your New Pet Will Require in the First 12 Months
Veterinary Exam (First Appointment, Ongoing)
Not only do we want to meet your furry family member, but it’s also important that they get to know us too! During an examination, we spend the time getting to know you, your cat and their lifestyle. In addition, we will complete a head to tail assessment to ensure your cat is healthy. This is also a great time to ask us any questions you may have.
Kitten Vaccinations (Week 8, Week 12, Week 16)
Getting your cat started on a proper vaccination program early will help keep them healthy for life. As the immunity their mother provided them starts to wane, it is important to time the vaccines properly so their own immune system is prepared to protect them from exposure to diseases.
Cat Vaccinations (Every 1-3 Years)
Vaccines help protect against common infectious diseases seen in cats. They stimulate the body’s immune system to attack and ‘remember’ the infectious organism so your cat can fight against the infection again in the future (if necessary). Without vaccines, many cats will become seriously ill due to a virus in their body that they are unable to fight off on their own effectively. The use of vaccines has prevented death and diseases in millions of cats. Vaccines also protect people from diseases, such as rabies, that can be transmitted from pets to humans.
Cat Deworming (Week 2 up to 6 months)
Deworming is an important part of your cat’s preventative health care program. Intestinal parasites can occur in cats, especially when they venture outdoors. Parasites can deprive your cat of essential nutrients and cause digestive upset. Some can also be transmissible to other animals and humans. Our veterinarians will talk with you about your cat’s risk level for parasitism and set up a schedule for deworming that is tailored to your cat’s needs.
Cat Spaying & Neutering (Around 6 months)
One aspect of responsible pet ownership is having your cat spayed or neutered. Not only are you helping to control pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering can also help eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behaviour issues.
Cat Microchipping (Anytime)
Having your cat microchipped is highly recommended for a multitude of reasons, such as if your cat slipped out the front door. If found, a permanent form of identification for your cat will help ensure they make their way back to you. We can complete a microchip service at any time. However, it is most common to do this during the spay or neutering procedure.
Cat Flea Control (Year-round)
It is important to take your cat in for their annual exam to be prescribed a flea and tick prevention medication to protect them from dangerous parasites. It is especially important from the spring to fall season and for cats who travel often. Call us to discuss the importance of year-round parasite prevention.
Cat Diet (Anytime)
Although your cat may be more interested in what you are eating, cats have specific dietary needs based on their age, lifestyle and current state of health. Our veterinarians provide nutrition advice to ensure your cat is properly nourished.
Health Insurance and Veterinary Savings Account
The investment of a cat is always something to be considered even before adding a new member to your family. In addition to ongoing preventative care and annual check-ups, we encourage our clients to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that may happen. We recommend looking into health insurance options, such as Trupanion, or opening a ‘Veterinary Savings Account’ and contributing some money each month. This way, you’ll be prepared for anything your cat may need in the future without the additional stress!
What to Expect On Your First and Future Appointments
At All About Cats Veterinary Clinic, we are here to help you feel confident as a new cat owner! Our compassionate and experienced team of veterinary professionals can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide the necessary information you didn’t know you needed. We will assess the health of your cat and provide recommended treatments. From their early days to their golden years, we are here for all of your cat needs.
You can count on us to provide superior care and excellent service every single time you walk through our doors. Call 604-986-2287 to schedule appointment and ensure your pet gets the proper care to live a long and healthy life as your right-hand companion.