Cat Owner Essentials
Veterinary Resources for Cats in Kennett Square
Getting Your Cat to the Vet:
Environment, Behavior, and Enrichment:
Understanding your cat’s natural behaviors and needs is essential to keeping them happy and content.
Indoor Cat Needs
Cat’s Environmental Needs
Feline Life Stressors
Living with Clawed Cats
Alternatives to Declawing
What and How to Feed Your Cat:
There are hundreds of pet foods on the market, the choice of which one to use may seem impossible to make. We’ve made the decision easier for you by recommending you feed only brands that use feeding trials to develop and research their diets. Companies that validate nutrition information via feeding trials include Royal Canin, Science Diet, and Purina.
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Generally speaking, we also recommend you feed a diet formulated for kittens until your cat is approximately 4-6 months of age. After this time you may slowly transition to an adult formula over a 4-6 week period. Cats over 10 years of age may benefit from a senior formulated diet that contains supplements like glucosamine and omega-three fatty acids.
Dietary recommendations will be discussed at each health visit while we assess your pet’s weight and assign a body condition score. Our hospital believes in the benefit of nutritional management of disease and we carry prescription diets as part of a multi-pronged approach to disease management. How we feed our cats is as important as what we feed our cats. Learn how to feed your cat to benefit them physically and emotionally.
Litter Box Management:
Understanding why a cat has stopped using their litter box is crucial to executing a plan to correct this behavior.
Feline House Soiling
Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth:
Did you know cats need dental care too?
How to Guide
Giving Your Cat Medication:
Helping keep your pets safe is our number one priority.
- Disaster Preparedness
- Lost Pet Prevention
- Top Toxins
- Spring Hazards
- Summer Hazards
- Fall Hazards
- Winter Hazards
- Healthy Holiday Gifts for Pets
- Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant Guide
Feline Heartworm Disease:
Feline Heartworm Disease has been shown to occur in both indoor and outdoor cats. There is no treatment for heartworm disease in our feline patients, therefore, prevention is our only means of managing this disease.
To learn more about heartworm disease, visit The Heartworm Society.
Recommended Yearly Preventatives:
Revolution Plus (topical) – Heartworms, fleas, ticks and some intestinal parasites
Seresto Collar — fleas and ticks
Frontline Plus (topical) — fleas and ticks
Drontal (tablet) or Profender (topical) — intestinal parasites
Introducing a New Cat to the Household:
Senior Care Recommendations:
Regular health care is especially important for older pets. Diseases caught early are often more easily managed and may have better outcomes.
Special Considerations for Senior Cats
Understanding Your Pet’s Test Results
Pet Bereavement: Coping with the Loss of Your Pet
How to cope when you have to say goodbye.