Recommended Procedures for Cats and Kittens

Spay: A spay is the surgical removal of the female cat’s uterus and ovaries. After being spayed, she will not experience heat cycles or become pregnant. Once your cat has been spayed, her
disposition should not change except for the better: she is usually more relaxed, playful and
affectionate, as well as become less noisy and nervous. More importantly for her health, spaying
also dramatically reduces the occurrence of tumors in the reproductive system, false pregnancies
and conditions related to hormone imbalances, as well as eliminates the risk of uterine infections
and tumors.

Neuter: A neuter is the surgical removal of the testicles through two small incisions in the scrotum. Neutering at a young age helps to decrease the male cat’s urge to roam and helps decrease
the chance of him developing the habit of “spraying” walls and furniture with urine. Neutering also
tends to make him a friendlier and gentler pet, as well as less prone to fighting and serious injury.
More importantly for his health, neutering also dramatically decreases the occurrence of prostate
and other reproductive tract tumors, as well as eliminates the occurrence of testicular tumors.

Microchip: The microchip is an innovative pet retrieval system providing safe, lifelong identification of your pet. A microchip also improves the chances of retrieving a lost pet. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and is quickly and safely implanted in the scruff of your cat. A handheld scanner can identify your pet’s microchip. When a lost pet is scanned, its ID number can be
reported to the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Program, a database that is available 24 hours a
day. That system can then reconnect you with your lost pet.

Fecal Testing and Deworming: We recommend frequent fecal testing for worms and parasites. This is especially important if children and other pets are in the home, as several intestinal parasites can be passed to children or other animals. The current Center for Disease Control (CDC)
recommendation is that families with children under the age of 8 years old or immunocompromised
persons should deworm their pets quarterly and do a fecal test twice a year.

Feline Leukemia/FIV Testing: This is a simple blood test that can detect both the feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses. Results are available within a matter of minutes. Both diseases are highly contagious and potentially fatal and we may recommend yearly testing if your
cat is at high risk of exposure.

Proper Nutrition: Your kitten should be fed a high quality kitten diet. A high quality diet is specially formulated with the specific balance of nutrients your kitten needs. You can discuss
special diet options for your kitten with your veterinarian. Please refrain from feeding your kitten
any table scraps, as this promotes bad habits and may result in dietary imbalances.

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