Cats and Kittens Wellness and Care All Pets Veterinary Medical Center
Although there may be exceptions, it is generally not recommended for families with very young children to adopt kittens. Little kids simply do not know how to handle kittens properly, and could inadvertently injure a kitten or be badly scratched. By the same token, geriatric cats are impatient with youngsters, both of the human and feline species. The best cat for such a family might be a cat two to three years old, who knows how to take care of himself around youngsters, yet might be receptive to some gentle petting.
Outside pets also need a warm, dry, draft-free place to stay during the cold winter months to protect them from the extreme changes in weather. Your pet's water bowl should be checked several times a day during cold weather, as water tends to freeze as the temperature drops. Puppies and kittens need special care during cold weather. They should be kept in a warm, dry, draft-free area. If you plan on raising your pet outside, check with your veterinarian as to when he feels you can move your pet outdoors. Old and sickly pets should be kept indoors when the weather is cold.
Each year, some pets suffer from poisoning by antifreeze (ethylene glycol). Antifreeze attracts animals because of its taste. If your car has a hose that is leaking this chemical or if you should accidentally spill antifreeze, it should be mopped up or watered down to prevent this chemical from poisoning your pet.
Never let pets roam during a snow storm. They can lose their scent in the ice and snow, and may not be able to retrace their steps and become lost. When pets go outside during icy or snowy weather, be sure to clean the pads of their feet if they have come in contact with salt or chemicals that melt ice.
During cold winter months, cats may be injured or killed as a result of being cold and cuddling up to warm car engines. Bang the hood of the car before starting it to wake up sleeping felines, and to be sure they are not inside the engine compartment.
The holiday season can also be dangerous to your pet. To prevent injuries to your pet, be sure your Christmas tree is secured in such a way that it will not fall. Holiday plants, if eaten, can be harmful to your pet. Keep all plants, ornaments, ribbons, candles, tinsel, light cords, etc. out of reach of your pet. Do not allow your pet to eat chocolate. A compound found in chocolate known as theobromine can be harmful to your pet, sometimes having fatal results. If your pet should ingest plants, chocolate, etc., call your veterinarian . Keep your pet safe this winter.
Because many of our dogs and cats cannot go directly into one of our overnight adoption programs, the only way we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.All Pets Veterinary Medical Center of College Station Texas is an American Association of Feline Practitioners member, an AAFP Feline Friendly Practice and an AAHA Accredited Practice. All feline patients are promptly taken to their comfortable exam room upon arrival, and each step of the way is designed to limit stress on your pet. All cat exam rooms are cat or exotic only. All visiting cats are comforted during their stay with varying protocols (using Feliway pheromone diffusers, using fear-free veterinary tactics) and handled gently and with care.
Cats and kittens have specific healthcare and environmental requirements to live happy healthy lives. Dr. Rupley and our team is committed to the whole well-being of your cat including at-home lifestyle, past medical history, and current health. We recommend thorough annual preventative exams, vaccinations, and routine blood testing as part of your cat's comprehensive wellness plan. The caring and attentive team at All Pets strives to inform you as a pet owner to make the best and most informed decisions so that you and your cat enjoy the best quality of life together.Looking for a new pet? The Michigan Humane Society Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland has dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, birds and other animals available for adoption. View the animals available for adoption below. Somebody Here Needs You.Another important vaccine to consider for your feline:
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a disease that is transmitted from cat to cat via saliva and nasal mucus. It is also commonly transmitted directly from an infected mother to her kittens. Cats in direct contact with one another are the most likely to transmit the disease. This virus suppresses a cat’s immune system much like AIDS disease does in humans. There is no cure for this disease once contracted, but cannot be transmitted to humans. VIP Petcare recommends adding the FeLV vaccine ($14), especially if your cat goes outdoors, to your annual feline package to ensure your pet is fully protected. puppy.