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The most susceptible conditions a kitten is at risk for are congenital problems (i.e., a heart murmur), parasitic and infectious diseases such as fleas, tapeworms and other contagious diseases. Vaccinations are most important at the kitten stage because here at the Caradoc Animal Clinic, our veterinarians are able to vaccinate your kitten from infectious diseases such as Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Rabies, all preventable if vaccinated against at the proper ages. During the kitten stage handling and socializing are vital for proper development. Being handled and constantly socialized will decrease your cat’s future anxiety to see other pets, travel and gain trust with our veterinarians to properly examine them.
Early socialization is vital to your kitten’s future interactions with everyone and everything and is most important between the first two to seven weeks of ownership. Inadequate socialization causes “Fraidy Cat Syndrome”. If your kitten experiences a lack of experience, they will have fearful behavior later on in their life. A cat who is too scared for a veterinarian to examine them jeopardizes their health. When a veterinarian cannot fulfill their duty as a doctor, they are not able to ensure your cat’s optimal health. We want to be able to see your cat regularly so we can detect health conditions as soon as possible.
A nutrition discussion with our veterinarians about your kitten is very important. Cats are not social eaters and their eating habits should reflect this. They should have mouse-sized meals to mimic their behaviours in the wild. A mouse-sized meal is equivalent to 10-15 pieces of kibble depending on the type of food you are feeding your cat. Different feeding times and spaces also allow your kitten to explore and eat their meal as a reward. This kind of eating behavior will prevent obesity later on in their life.