Pet Care Articles

Vaccinate your Cat with [client name] Veterinary Hospital

Our cats offer us depth of companionship, and comfort, but only if we offer them the best care that we can.

Providing your cat with all the necessary vaccinations will boost your cat’s immune system, and help to keep your cat free of illness that is caused by bacteria, and viruses. Keep in mind that even domesticated cats have the innate ability to hide their pain as a coping mechanism for life in the wild. If we do not take necessary precautions for our feline friends, we may not be aware of certain health problems until it’s too late to prevent them. The best way to know how to keep on-schedule with all vaccinations is to plan regular visits and discuss health needs with your vet.

At [client name]Veterinary Hospital, a veterinarian in [location], we believe cats should be provided a vaccine plan that is specific to their lifestyle. However, here are a few basic guidelines that may give you an idea of when you need to bring your cat or kitten in for a visit to update their shots.

Guidelines for Feline Vaccination Schedules

We follow the American Animal Hospital Association vaccine recommendations at [client name] Veterinary Hospital in [location]. Additionally, we offer titer testing. This type of test measures the presence of antibodies in your cat’s bloodstream. What we determine with this test is the reaction level of a vaccine, and work with you to recommend additional booster shots, should they be necessary. This type of test can help us to determine if there is a history of adverse vaccine reactions. This makes it safer for your cat when we vaccinate.

Kittens can be susceptible to infectious diseases at about one month of age, so it is recommended that kittens should receive a vaccination very early, from about 6 to 8 weeks old up to 16 weeks. These kitten shots are part of a repeatable series that takes place 3-4 weeks apart. Full protection may not develop until 2–3 weeks after the last dose and kittens will need to return a year later for a booster shot. Adult cats typically require shots every 1 to 3 years, depending on the vaccine needs.

Here are some of the diseases that cat vaccinations will protect against:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
  • Feline calicivirus (causes upper respiratory infections)
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirustype-1)

Additional vaccinations are available to protect against:

  • Feline leukemia
  • Bordetella (causes respiratory disease)

Healthy indoor cats can live upwards of 14-16 years with proper health precautions. However, even inside cats can contract certain bacteria and viruses if they wriggle free and make a run for it, or stay in a kennel, so it’s important to make sure they are protected as a preventative measure.

Keep your Cat or Kitten Vaccinated with [client name] Veterinary Hospital

One of the best ways to ensure that your cat stays truly spotless is to keep up to date with all necessary vaccinations. Contact [Link / client name] Veterinary Hospital, a veterinarian in [location] today to discuss your cat or kitten vaccination needs. 

Dental Care Wellness and Your Cat

A proper dental care wellness routine can help increase general contentment in the daily life of your cat. Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, here are four tips for ways to be proactive about your feline friend’s care routine:

  1. Brush. This is best accomplished when you start a routine with young cats. However, cats are eager learners and can adjust to that new routine as long as your stick with it. Daily brushing with a finger or bristle brush is recommended to prevent tooth decay or gum disease in cats. If your cat is resistant to these measures, try dipping a finger brush in a little wet tuna or canned chicken. Be patient with your cat’s learning curve and offer positive reinforcement when necessary. And remember, cats require their own special toothpaste. Never use fluoride toothpaste, as it can make your cat very ill.
  2. Give them the Greenies! Your cat wants treats, so give them the Greenies! The right treats can help to remove accrued tartar and mineral deposits around the gums and can stimulate the gums to remove plaque and build-up. Just make sure you check that your treats meet the standards of the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
  3. Play. Playing with your cat can help them to strengthen teeth and support oral health by removing build-up around the teeth and gums. Some more solid cat toys specifically provide dental care benefits for your cat. 
  4. Care for your cat and they will care for you. Always take your cat for regular check-ups and inquire with a medical professional regarding any concerns you may have. Your dental professional can also help to recommend a healthful dietary source for your cat that may be able to address any dental issues your cat is experiencing. Don’t ignore the signs. If your cat has bad breath, an increased salivary reaction, or bleeding gums, these are signs that your cat may need attention from a veterinarian that provides oral care.

Recognizing a cat’s dental concerns can be a costly experience because you may not be able to see the signs when your cat is experiencing discomfort. However, preventive measures can help to alleviate these types of cat care concerns.