Kitten’s Final Vet Visit
Kitten Visit Overview
Success! You've made it to your kitten's final kitten vet visit! At this visit, we'll do the following:
Click here to review the Kitten Guide from Kitten's First Vet Visit, then use the drop downs below to learn about more important topics regarding your kitten!
We strongly recommend that you keep your cat indoors for safety from cars, wildlife, and other cats. Cat bite abscesses, injuries or death from cars, and wildlife-induced injuries are all too common in veterinary practice. For more information on keeping your indoor cat happy and healthy check out this article from our friends at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
If you do choose to allow your cat outside, ensure that she is microchipped, receives regular preventatives, and that she comes in at night.
Cats should have regular heartworm preventions even if they’re indoor only. Cats who like to sun on the screened-in porch or who live in a house where the windows are sometimes open will be exposed to the mosquitos that carry heartworm disease. Heartworms are life-threatening and, unlike with dogs, heartworms in cats are very difficult to treat.
Cats can be exposed to fleas and ticks when they venture outdoors. But even indoor cats may be at risk for fleas if they live with dogs. We have a number of topical options for heartworm and flea/tick prevention in your cat.
We recommend getting your cat spayed or neutered at about 6 months of age. At the time of surgery, we can also microchip your cat which we highly recommend.
On the day of the surgery, we’ll ask you to drop your cat off in the morning “fasted” (no food after dinner the night prior). It’s fine to leave down the water.
We’ll collect blood to run a small panel to make sure organ function and blood cell levels are appropriate prior to anesthesia. A catheter will be placed and IV fluids given during anesthesia. We’ll give medications to make your cat sleepy and then full anesthesia for the procedure. Your cat will receive pain medications as well.
Our team will call you after the procedure to let you know the details about home care during healing. They’ll set up a time for you to pick up your cat on the same day as the surgery.