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Kitten Wellness

Kitten Wellness Plan

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a new family member.  We are honored you chose our practice to help care for you newest family member.   Our clinic has developed wellness programs for all your pets’ important life stages to help provide affordable preventive health care plans to provide the best protection for your pet. Clients using this program also receive many other “Premier Pet” advantages.  All the advantages of our Premier Pet Program are outlined HERE.

New Kitten Visit usually at 6 Weeks Of Age:

Wellness physical examination, internal parasite screening, deworming for the most common kitten worms, extended consultation time with the veterinarian or trained assistant to discuss nutrition, husbandry, housetraining, and any other concerns you have about your new addition to the family.

1st Kitten Vaccine Visit usually at 8 Weeks Of Age:

Wellness physical examination, internal parasite screening, deworming for the most common kitten worms, appropriate vaccinations (FelinePanleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Chlamydia), nutritional and husbandry counseling.  Blood testing for Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Aids Virus.

2nd Kitten Vaccine Visit usually at 12 Weeks Of Age:

Wellness physical examination, internal parasite screening, deworming for the most common kitten worms, appropriate vaccinations (FelinePanleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Chlamydia, & Feline Leukemia), nutritional, husbandry, and behavioral counseling.

3rd Kitten Vaccine Visit usually at 16 Weeks Of Age:

Wellness physical examination, appropriate vaccinations (FelinePanleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Chlamydia, Feline Leukemia, & Rabies).  Spay, Neuter, and Declaw counseling. Monthly parasite prevention counseling.

3- 6 Months Of Age:  Spay and Neuter any time between 3 months and 6 months of Age.

Following the above preventive health care recommendations will provide your new family member with the best protection from these life threatening issues possible. We are extremely proud of the fact that to the best of our knowledge NO Kitten has contracted life threatening issues when our program is followed exactly as listed above.

The Best Kitten Care Tips

A cat cannot (and should not) be compared with any other domestic pet, because of its many unique qualities. Cats combine a strong sense of independence with a deep affection for its owner.  It is self-reliant, but can be trained in obedience and tricks. It is easy to housebreak, adapts well to apartment living, does not require you to walk or exercise it, and naturally keeps itself clean and neat.

General Health Care Suggestions:


  • Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, and Chlamydia
  • Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia (Felv)

We routinely DEWORM for the major internal parasites at the same time as immunizations are given.  Over-the-counter medications are usually not effective, and may even cause illness.  Watch the stools for small white segments that look similar to rice. These are tapeworms and require a special type medication.

Daily brushing decreases shedding, improves coat, prevents hairballs, and provide bonding time with your pet.

Flea Control:

We highly recommend the use of Revolution® on a monthly basis to control fleas, and other internal parasite in your cat.  Talk to us before using any other insecticide.  Avoid all over-the-counter products; they have been linked to serous life threatening conditions in cats. Cats are very sensitive to most insecticides. Confining the cat TOTALLY INDOORS is the best solution! Fleas may give the cat TAPEWORMS as well as other blood borne disease.


Long-haired cats may need CAT-LAX or other hair ball laxative twice a week to prevent hairballs.  Brushing daily is the most important hairball prevention.

Laser Declawing: For more information visit our website at

Though it can be done at any age, between 3-4 months of age cats tend to do very well after surgery. Front feet ONLY are usually declawed so your cat can still climb trees and fight, but if needed all four paws can be done. 

Spay and Neutering:

Highly recommended between 3-6 months of age--both male and female.

Note: Female cats are not like the female dog!  They continue to come in heat every 3 -4 weeks until they are bred or spayed. Signs of heat include restlessness, nervousness, rolling on the floor, more affectionate, vocalization, etc.

Litter Box Training:

Usually not a problem -- done by instinct. Keep litter box clean!  Odor neutralizers or baking soda will decrease litter box odor. Change at least twice a week.  Remove droppings or scoop DAILY.  Plastic garbage bags can be used for litter box liners. Premium diets will decrease stool volume and odor tremendously.  Avoid placing the litter box around noisy appliances, or in high traffic areas of the home.  This could discourage the cat form using the litter box properly.

To help avoid behavior and house soiling issues in multiple cat households, it is highly recommended to have 1 litter box per cat in the household.


  • Feed only HIGH QUALITY FOOD. 
  • Feed DRY FOOD at no more than amounts recommended on the label. You can teach your cat to be meal feed.  By meal feeding you will help reduce obesity for indoor cats.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times. Change the water daily.
  • Do not feed milk, cats do not have the proper enzymes to break down milk and it can cause diarrhea. Lactose free milk and Cat Milk can be given. 
  • Don't use cheap or generic foods. Cheap cat food brands have in the past be linked to urinary disease in cats.  Don't use dog food. The protein amount is NOT high enough, and lacks special enzymes and amino acids needed for cats.

Miscellaneous Considerations

NEVER give a cat over the counter pain medications such as: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. Always call us before giving any medication that was not prescribed to your pet.  Many medications for people are toxic to cats.

A plastic carrying crate is good investment for cat trips and also as a bed at home. It will give the kitten a private place and offers security. It can be placed a couple of inches off the floor.

Signs of illness

Diarrhea, refusal to eat, vomiting, gagging, coughing, sneezing, sluggish, watery eyes, and any other abnormality.  If your notice any of these signs please contact as soon as possible, it could mean a serous illness.

Please feel free to call our office for advice or suggestions on proper care of your kitten.   We want to help you insure a life-long happy relationship with your new pet.

 Download your free copy of our Pet Care Basics booklet from our website HERE:


Sign up using the form or call 615-459-0802 to make your appointment.

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Regular Business Hours are M-F 7:30 till 5:30 pm. After 5:30 pm there is an additional $15.00 Convenience Fee added to exam fees.

Appointments Preferred. Pets are seen in following order:
Life Threatening Emergencies, Appointments, Urgent Care Walk-ins, Wellness Walk-ins

When bringing your pets into our office, for their and the safety of other pets, please either have your pet leashed or in a pet carrier. Please ask our staff at check in for a leash if needed.

For aggressive pets Click Here for more information.  

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