Bringing a new puppy or kitten home can be a fun, exciting time for a family. Who can resist their cute little faces, their playfulness, or their clumsiness? Here at Furever Family Veterinary Care Center, we love puppies and kittens, too, and we want them all to get started on the right foot. We generally recommend that all puppies and kittens have their first veterinary exam when they’re at least 8 weeks old.
During your fur baby’s first visit, we’ll examine them from nose to tail and administer a series of vaccinations. We’ll also conduct a fecal test, as some puppies and kittens contract worms from their mothers, so be sure to bring in a fresh stool sample. Our goal is to ensure your pet is healthy and provide treatment or recommendations if they’re not, so they can live a long, happy life.
FAQs About Puppy and Kitten Care
Additional Puppy Resources
If you would like more information on caring for a new puppy, here are a few of our favorite puppy resources that may help:
Tips for New Kitten Owners
As long as their tummies tolerate it, try feeding your kitten a variety of different foods and treats. Hard and crunchy, pate-style, or shredded style canned are all acceptable. Try different proteins as well (chicken, tuna, beef, etc.). Studies show that kittens that are offered a variety of foods at a young age are less picky when they become adults.
Studies show that some cats drink more water if it’s moving. Just as with humans, it’s important for cats to drink enough water and stay hydrated. It can also keep their urinary tract healthy. Amazon and pet stores carry a variety of cat watering fountains that you may want to consider.
We recommend that you have one litter box for each cat in your home, plus an extra one, and make sure they’re well-spaced apart. So if you have two cats, you should have three litter boxes.
Cats need constant enrichment, just like our canine companions. We recommend that you purchase a cat tree tower so they can satisfy their instinctual behavior to climb. Covered outdoor patios are also great for their active minds, eyes, and noses. In terms of toys and enclosures, we recommend Doc and Phoebe products and outdoor cat enclosures/catios, available on Amazon. You can also do a Google search for "feline enrichment" for other options. There are so many great ideas for your feline friend! If you prefer the DIY approach, the ASPCA webpage offers some great enrichment ideas that can make your kitty’s life better, brighter, and fuller.