Congratulations on Your New Kitten!
Thank you for considering PCAC for your cat’s care. Kittens at PCAC will be examined at least 3 times in his first four months. Kittens, just like babies, grow and change quickly and their development should be monitored to ensure it is happening appropriately. By examining your kitten every 3-4 weeks we can catch issues such as viral infections, congenital heart disease, juvenile periodontal disease, and more. Your kitten will receive a comprehensive physical exam at each kitten visit.
The areas examined include your pet’s ears, eyes, gastro-intestinal system and abdomen, heart and cardiovascular system, lungs/trachea and respiratory system, lymph nodes and thyroid gland, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, nose and throat, skin and hair coat, urogenital system, and mouth/teeth/and gums. At PCAC, our comprehensive wellness exams are one of the things that set us apart from other hospitals. Clients have said things such as “My pet has never been thoroughly examined like that before!” In addition to the doctor discussing the exam with you, every pet receives a and the findings. Your kitten will also be vaccinated against and tested for life-threatening diseases.
Kitten Wellness Packages
Your kitten will need extra medical care for the first 6-8 months of life. So you can understand what your kitten will receive at each visit and to help you know what the cost will be, we offer 2 wellness packages that cover most of what your kitten will need in the first year.
Both of our kitten wellness packages include:
- 3 Wellness Exams* at approximately 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age
- *Illness visits are not substituted as it is important to receive all wellness care
- Vaccinations against the core feline diseases
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
- 2 Stool Analyses testing for parasitic and bacterial infections
- 2 Nail Trims
- 3 Months of heartworm and parasite prevention
- 20% off topical heartworm/parasite control of 10% off oral heartworm/parasite control
Other options within the packages include:
- FeLV/FIV Test – blood test for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Included with our Kitten Package, discounted with our Adopted Kitten Package.
- Microchip – permanent identification using a small identifying chip inserted under the skin. Discounted with both Kitten and Adopted Kitten Package.
- Spay or Neuter – using a laser instead of a scalpel blade, reduces your cat’s chance of cancers, behavioral issues, and prevents unwanted pregnancies. Included in our Kitten Package.
Recent legislation has started changing the way people think about declawing. As members of both AAFP and AAHA, we think it is important to share their position on feline declawing.
“The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) strongly opposes the declawing of domestic cats and supports veterinarians’ efforts to educate cat owners and provide them with effective alternatives.” – 2017 AAFP Position Statement
“The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) strongly opposes declawing (onychectomy) as an elective procedure.” – AAHA Position Statement
As an AAHA and AAFP certified practice, we agree with and follow these positions. Please note if you are considering declawing your cat we will require an in-person consultation with one of our veterinarians before proceeding. In this consultation we will address your concerns having a clawed cat in your home, discuss what declawing is, potential short and long term complications for this elective procedure, and other non-surgical methods that should be tried first.
If you would like more information, please contact one of our trained staff members.
True or False?: “I’ve always declawed my cats, isn’t that just what you do with cats?”
False: Declawing isn’t a necessary procedure, and the majority of cats are not declawed. Just like you can train a puppy to not chew your furniture, you can also train a kitten to not scratch certain items.
True or False?: All the other cats in the house are declawed so this one has to be too.
False: Most cats living together in a household don’t fight with each other. Cats tend to use subtle signs to warn other cats to stay away if they don’t feel like interacting. If your cats fight to the point where they’re injuring each other, intervention is necessary whether they have their claws or not.
True or False?: Declawing is the only way to keep furniture from getting ruined.
False: We are happy help you train your kitten to use appropriate items to scratch and to stay away from the ones that aren’t. We can also show you how to keep your cat’s nails trimmed and provide you with more ideas if this becomes a problem in the future.
True or False?: Cats will scratch kids if they play too rough, declawing will prevent that.
False: The safety of your child and everyone in your family is very important. Kittens use all of their claws and their teeth to play and defend themselves—not just the front claws—we can give you some ways to train your kitten to be gentle, as well as things to teach your kids, in order to keep them from getting hurt.
True or False?: Elderly people who are on blood thinners are at high risk of bleeding if scratched.
False: Even a cat that’s declawed could pose a risk to people on blood thinners as it will still have its back claws. We would love to teach you how to train your kitten to be gentle and to use a scratching post and give you more tips on how to keep safe.
True or False?: The only way to have a cat in the house with someone who is immunosuppressed and is susceptible to diseases from cat scratches is to have it declawed.
False: Cats can transmit a disease called cat scratch disease, which can be serious—especially for an immunosuppressed individual. But this disease is fairly rare and some other more common diseases can be transmitted to you and your family members by your cat. We will go over these when we examine your cat, as well as discuss ways to discourage your kitten from scratching. The CDC does not recommend declawing as a method to reduce risk to immunocompromised individuals. Let’s make sure we do everything we can to prevent the kitten from being able to make you or your loved ones ill. Cat Scratch FAQs – CDC
We understand that there are circumstances where declawing is the only option for the health of your family, and we do offer the procedure using the safest and least painful method possible.