Kitten Weight & Development

Your new, little kitten will have already seen Amanda and Vicky for their vaccine course here at Cat’s Whiskers. After these vaccines, we would have recommended that they come back to us to be neutered and micro-chipped from 4 months of age. So what’s next? To ensure that your new family member is growing up to… Read more »

Your new, little kitten will have already seen Amanda and Vicky for their vaccine course here at Cat’s Whiskers. After these vaccines, we would have recommended that they come back to us to be neutered and micro-chipped from 4 months of age.

So what’s next?

To ensure that your new family member is growing up to be as strong and as healthy as they can be, we have put in place something to support you; our ‘Weight and Development Checks’.  This enables us to keep a close eye on your kitten’s weight to ensure that they are gaining as they should be, and in all the right places! We like to see our kittens every 3 months in their first year for optimal care and attention. It also lets us keep a full picture of how they are growing to make sure that they are developing as we would expect.

During the appointment it is important to us that we are creating a lasting relationship between you, our clients, and the practice so we always give your kitten extra time, and special attention to relax in a calm environment.  With the practice being cat only, there are no fears to be presented by different species in the waiting room, i.e. dogs or other animals that may scare your feline.  We also have Feliway pheromones plugged in at all times to help your kitten to feel safe and secure.

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The weight and development check involves a full health check from ears to tail. The appointments are with Vicky, which gives you as clients the time to talk about your kitten’s development and ask any questions. You may want to discuss:

  • What food you are feeding and whether it is the ideal diet, or whether a change would be beneficial.
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  • Smelly breath in your kitten at a young age which is most likely from teething; when they are losing their baby teeth and producing their permanent teeth.
  • The appropriate flea and worming treatment (and administer the treatment if required).

We can also discuss the benefits of insuring your kitten, as well as becoming a part of our Pet Health Plan if you are not already a member.

In addition to the facts and figures, we can advise on the best way to introduce them to the great outdoors, what the best toys are, encouraging the use of scratch posts, and much more.

Young stray kitten Benji arrived at Blue Cross with his surrogate family. Lisa Kent, Animal Welfare Assistant from Blue Cross, said: “Benji was found by a member of the public, who was clearing some wood when they found him, alongside one of his siblings who had sadly died. “His mother was nowhere to be found, even though the people who found him spent the night and next day looking for her. “Realising that he urgently need food and warmth, they took him back to their home, where they were looking after a stray mother with her own litter of kittens.” As the mother cat was still feeding her own kittens, Benji’s finders decided to try and see if he could be integrated into a new family. Lisa said: “Fortunately, all went well! “The mother, Baby, accepted Benji as her own and took very good care of him, as did his new siblings Brandon and Brooklyn.” Benji, surrogate mum Baby, and her kittens Brandon and Brooklyn are all at our Lewknor centre and will be rehomed when they are read. Benji is thought to be five to six weeks old and is a few weeks younger than Brandon and Brooklyn, so it will be a few weeks before he will be ready to go to a new home.

 

We are more than happy to answer any questions that may have cropped up along the way.

All this, and treats on top for your new kitten! Why not give us a call on 01903 830577 to make an appointment with Vicky.