graycatVaccinations:

You have two options for vaccines covering the PRCP diseases vaccinated against as a kitten. Your cat can receive that same vaccine or a combo vaccine that covers each of those diseases as well as Feline Leukemia. Each of these vaccines should be administered annually unless your cats are all exclusively indoors. If you have indoor cats only the vaccines can be given every two to three years.

Rabies is given every three years. Rabies is a deadly disease, to animals and humans alike. It can be carried by a variety of animals. In Dane County the carriers are often bats.

Feline Leukemia vaccine is given annually. Feline Leukemia is a non-treatable viral disease typically transferred by bites. Kittens are more susceptible than adult cats. If ALL of your cats are strictly indoors, the feline leukemia vaccine is not necessary.

Bordetella vaccine is occasionally given to cats prone to upper respiratory problems. If you are constantly treating your cats upper respiratory issues, you should discuss this possibility with your veterinarian.

Parasites:

Worms. Fecals are recommended annually to check for parasites. If you have a hunter (eats rodents of any kind), fecals should be done every three to four months. Fecal samples should be less than two hours old or refrigerated.

Heartworms are parasites, carried by mosquitoes, that block the valves of the heart. It is rare, but cats can contract heartworms. If you have an outdoor cat, you may want to consider heartworm preventative.

Ticks and fleas are external parasites that bite your pet and sometimes you. To prevent fleas and ticks we recommend monthly applications of Frontline or Revolution at least April through November, but year around is safe and thorough. You should be aware that Advantix, a popular treatment for dogs, can be toxic to cats. If you find fleas or ticks on your pet, call your veterinarian to determine the best plan of action for you. Fleas can be very difficult to get rid of!

Ear Mites are extremely irritating to your pet and can be detected in a regular exam. If your cat is shaking his or her head or scratching at his or her ears, you should schedule an appointment. Ear mites are more commonly seen in cats, but can spread to dogs as well. Fortunately they are easily treated.

Spay/Neuter:

There is no set point where it is too late to spay or neuter your cat. Remember that the earlier you do it the easier it is on your cat and the lower risk your cat has of developing a number of reproductive related problems.

Declaw:

If you chose to declaw your cat, we recommend you do it at the time you spay or neuter your cat so that he or she only has to undergo anesthesia once. Cats can be declawed as early as 12 weeks. We generally declaw the front two feet only for house cats. Outdoor cats generally need all of their claws for protection.