Feline Vaccinations

Distemper. Distemper is very contagious and widespread in cats. It causes severe vomiting and diarrhea that is often fatal, especially in kittens. Rhinotracheitis. Rhinotracheitis is a virus that causes fever, runny eyes and nose, and sneezing. It can be fatal, and often occurs at the same time as a calicivirus infection. Calicivirus. Calicivirus causes similar symptoms as rhinotracheitis […]

Feline Nutrition

There are two diseases in cats that are directly related to feeding improper diets: heart failure from taurine deficiency and feline urologic syndrome (FUS) or feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). There are probably others that the veterinary community have not yet discovered. Taurine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of […]

Litterbox Training for Kittens

Litterbox training your new kitten is really quite simple. Most kittens will start using the litterbox immediately. Start out by obtaining a good commercial litterbox (with or without a cover), put in about an inch of kitty litter, and show your kitten where it is. There are several types of litter to choose from including, […]

Intestinal Parasites (Worms)

How To Keep Our Kittens and Ourselves Safe Roundworms are very long, spaghetti-like worms. Puppies and kittens contract roundworms in utero or from nursing. They can cause poor growth, a pot-bellied appearance, and diarrhea. In severe cases roundworms can cause blockage of the intestines. Hookworms are a parasite that feeds on blood from the intestinal […]

New Kitten Checklist

Jefferson Animal Hospital has provided you with a checklist of things you will need when getting your new kitten! Litter Box Have 1 for every cat plus 1 more Use a nonscented clumping litter. (The smaller the grain size the happier the kitty) Clean at least 2 times daily The larger the better Cats prefer […]

Feline Leukemia

Q. What is Feline Leukemia? A. Leukemia is a highly fatal blood cell cancer that is contagious between cats. It is a leading cause of cat deaths and, until now, there has been no prevention or cure. The name “Feline Leukemia Virus” (FeLV) gives merely a hint of just how much trouble this contagious virus […]

First-Aid Kit for Pets

Suggested Items For Your Kitten’s First-Aid Kit: 2 rolls of 3” gauze bandage 3” X 3” gauze sponges Nonstick adhesive tape Nonstick bandages Antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin, Animax) Water soluble lubricating jelly (e.g. K-Y Brand)- to take temperatures and to keep debris out of open wounds Sterile saline solution (e.g. those used for contact lenses) […]

Common Pet Toxins

Household Items Bleach Disinfectants Fabric Softener Tobacco Products Lighter Fluid Rat and Mouse Poison Insect Products Potpourri Solvents Oven Cleaner Foods Chocolate Onions and Onion Powder Coffee Grapes Garlic Alcohol Tea Leaves Macadamia Nuts Raisins Salt Gum and Candy Xylitol, (Sugar Substitute)/Sugar Free Gum Avocado Medications Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Acetaminophen Cold and Flu Medications Diet Pills […]