Do you have a new kitten or are thinking about getting one?

Congratulations on your new kitten, they will be a delightful addition to your family!  There are a few basics to know during your kitten’s first year to start you on the right track, starting with a visit to your veterinarian.

It is important to get your new arrival off to a good start, we offer a structured care plan for your new kitten. Please pop in to pick up a free new kitten care package.

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Vaccinations

We help you choose your cat’s individual vaccine package according to the risk of your cat contracting a particular disease. We do not administer vaccines indiscriminately.

Additionally, none of the vaccines used at the Downtown Toronto Cat Clinic contain adjuvants, an ingredient in some feline vaccines that has been implicated in the formation of malignancies. Our vaccines have a lower complication rate at the site of vaccination compared to other types of feline vaccines.

What to expect during your kitten's vet visits:

AT 8 weeks 

Physical examination, first booster (FVRCP), fecal testing, deworming, discussing diet and lifestyle, nail trim demonstrations.

AT 12 weeks

Physical examination, second booster (FVRCP) + leukemia booster (outdoor cats), deworming, discuss lifestyle.

At 16 weeks

Physical examination, third booster (FVRCP) + leukemia booster (outdoor cats) + Rabies.

At 6 months

Physical examination, pre operative blood work, spay/neuter, discuss diet transition after             spay/neuter, discuss dental care at home.

Spay and Neutering

Spaying

Spaying is the surgical procedure performed on female cats to remove the ovaries and uterus so they're not able to have kittens.  We recommend spaying your cat at 6 months of age.

The benefits to spaying your female cat:

  • Eliminates the heat cycle and associated symptoms such as crying, nervous pacing, the desire to roam and the excretion of blood
  • Stops unwelcome visits by male suitors
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer, one of the most common malignancies in the female feline
  • Prevents diseases of the uterus such as severe infection and ovaries as well as some skin disorders
  • Contribute to the prevention of the cat overpopulation
  • Your cat will generally live a longer, happier life

Neutering

Neutering is the surgical procedure performed on male cats to remove the testicles so they're unable to breed. We recommend neutering your cat at 6 months of age.

The benefits to neutering your male cat:

  • Reduces or eliminates the tendency to mark territory with strong-smelling urine
  • Prevents prostate disease and certain cancers
  • May reduce the likelihood that your pet will stray from home and become lost or injured
  • Contributes to the prevention of the cat overpopulation.
  •  Eliminates undesirable and often embarrassing behavior in your male cat
  • Your cat will generally live a longer, happier life.
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