Feline Health Care Standards and Recommendations
We all love cats because they are curious, stoic, mischievous, and affectionate. We also love cats because they're mysterious. But in terms of feline health care, cats can be frustrating because cats hide illnesses. You may not notice that your cat's are eating less, drinking a little more, sleeping longer or they have been hiding. But these signs and more, may be early signs of a developing health problem; problems that if caught early enough, can be more easily managed or even cured. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all young cats (indoor or outdoor) be examined every year; and senior cats examined twice yearly. This will allow the Four Paws Veterinary staff to get to know your cat while performing a thorough physical exam and offer tips and recommendations to maximizing your cat's long-term mental and physical well-being. Listed below are Four Paws Health Care Standards based on recommendations set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Kitten Stage: Birth to First Year
Multivalent "Respiratory":Protects against Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia, all of which are contagious illnesses. Boosters required every 3-4 weeks; Starting at 8 weeks up to 16 weeks. Repeated Annually.
Rabies:Neurologic disease that is contagious and potentially fatal to people and pets alike. Given at 12 weeks. Repeated Annually.
Feline Leukemia:Potentially fatal virus that is transmitted between infected cats. Two boosters before 16 weeks. Repeated Annually.
Parasite Prevention & Control:
Intestinal Parasites: 2 to 4 doses of an appropriate dewormer before 16 weeks. Repeated Annually.
Fecal Examinations: Two stool samples checked before 16 weeks.
Flea & Tick Control: Repeated monthly after 8-12 weeks.
Heartworm Test and Prevention: Oral or topical prevention given monthly after 8 weeks.
Spaying or Neutering:
Generally at 6 months of age. All females should be spayed prior to first heat.
Feline Leukemia... & FIV... test before 16 weeks. Pre-surgical bloodwork also at time of spay or neuter.
Adult/Mature: 1st year and Beyond:
Multivalent "Respiratory": Booster required every 3rd year.
Rabies:... Booster every 3rd year.
Feline Leukemia:... Boosted Annually.
Parasite Prevention & Control:
Intestinal Parasites: Dewormed Annually.
Fecal Examinations: Performed every 6-12 months.
Flea & Tick Control: Monthly for life.
Heartworm Test and Control: Oral or topical prevention applied monthly for life; Annual testing to confirm effectiveness.
Blood and Blood Pressure Screening:
Every 1 to 3 years; More frequently if medically necessary.
Senior Years: 8 years and Beyond:
Ask your Four Paws Veterinarian what special care recommendations your senior feline companion requires.
Urinalysis, Blood, and Blood Pressure Screening:
Every 6 to 12 months. More frequently if medically necessary.
X-Rays / Ultrasound Screening:
Whole body imaging after 10 years of age.