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 CAT CARE

We here at Larkfield Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital, along with you, want to keep our furry felines healthy and happy for as long as possible.  Here are listed the vaccines, preventive surgery, and preventive blood work available to keep your feline friend purring a long time.

FVCRP:   ALL CATS NEED THIS VACCINE

  • Kittens should receive this vaccine starting a 6 to 8 weeks of age, and then every 3 to 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.  A booster is due one year later, then only every 3 years, unless the exposure is very high as in a crowded multi-cat household or shelter.  It is a combination of distemper and 3 upper respiratory vaccines (herpes, calici and chlamydia).  We will be giving a modified live vaccine.


CHLAMYDIA:   NEARLY ALL CATS NEED THIS VACCINE DEPENDING ON EXPOSURE

  • This is an upper respiratory disease but the vaccine only lasts one year.  It should be boosted every year if the cat ever goes outdoors, or is exposed to cats that do.  The more exposure to other cats there is, the more important the vaccine is.  It is not necessary for the truly indoor cat.  We will be giving the modified live vaccine.


FELV:   NEARLY ALL CATS NEED THIS VACCINE DEPENDING ON EXPOSURE

  • This should be given to all kittens 12 weeks or older then again in 3 to 4 weeks.  It is boosted every year if the cat ever goes outdoors or is exposed to cats that do.  There is no need to booster after one year if the cat is truly indoors.  The feline leukemia virus is not always fatal but often causes cancer, chronic infections, anemia and death.  We will be giving the recombinant vaccine which carries a smaller risk of cancer than the killed vaccine.


RABIES:  ALL CATS NEED THIS VACCINE

  • This is given at 4 months of age and boosted every year.  This vaccine is required by law for any cat that goes outdoors and will protect your indoor cat from many legal problems if he or she bites someone visiting.  We will be giving the recombinant vaccine.


LEUKEMIA AND FIV (AIDS) TESTING:  ALL CATS AHOULD BE TESTED

  • All kittens over 8 weeks of age and newly adopted cats should be tested.  Testing every year is recommended for cats that spend time outside, fight, or with worse-than-average dental disease.  Leukemia and FIV are contagious diseases which spread easily from cat to cat.  The forms of transmission are saliva and urine (cat fights, mutual grooming, sharing litter boxes) and pregnant mothers may pass leukemia to their young through the womb.



SPAY (OVARIOHYSTERECTOMY):  ALL FEMALE CATS SHOULD BE SPAYED

  • The recommended age is between 4 and 6 months of age, however you can still spay them later in life.  Tens of thousands of unwanted cats and kittens is enough to convince us to spay cats.  The surgery consists of the removal of both ovaries and the uterus to prevent pregnancy, pyometra, and cancers of the reproductive tract.  Spaying helps keep cats closer to home, so life is generally safer: fewer cat fights, car accidents, dog attacks, and fewer opportunities to spread and contract FELV and FIV.


NEUTER (CASTRATION):  ALL MALES CATS SHOULD BE NEUTERED

  • The recommended age is between 4 and 6 months, however you can still neuter them later in life.  The tomcat has as much to do with population control as the female does.  The surgery consists of the removal of both testicles to prevent pregnancy.  Neutering your cat will make your cat a more pleasant pet and give him a chance at a long and healthy life.  If will keep him closer to home: fewer cat fights, car accidents, dog attacks, and fewer opportunities to spread and contract FELV and FIV.


INTESTINAL PARASITE TESTING:  ALL CATS SHOULD BE TESTED

  • We routinely worm all kittens for roundworms with each vaccine and a fecal and giardia exam should be done for each kitten and newly adopted cats.  Adult cats should have a fecal and giardia exam if indicated by signs of disease of history of past problems.


ROUTINE BLOOD WORK:  ALL CATS SHOULD HAVE THIS DONE


*Preanthesthestic Blood Work*

  • Ideally all cats should have some level of blood work prior to anesthesia, unless blood work has been done recently.  This is especially important for cats 7 years old and over.  We offer a minimal pre-operative panel in-house which checks the liver and kidney functions and tests for diabetes.  A general health panel includes the above, plus calcium, phosphorous, protein levels, pancreas enzymes, and cholesterol.


*Routine Blood Work*

  • Besides periodic testing for Leukemia and feline AIDS your cat would benefit from periodic well cat blood checks for young healthy-appearing animals.  The simplest liver-kidney-blood sugar panel every 3-4 years is fine.  As your cat ages, testing yearly and more broadly helps us catch disease earlier.  In addition pets on long term medications (such as medication for heart disease, chronic pain, hyperthyroidism, etc) should have monitoring blood tests every 6-12 months. Remember, a year is a long time in the life of a cat!

Please feel free to contact us.  We are happy to help you with questions or concerns about your pet.  Do not hesitate to call us at (707) 578-1228.  Our office hours are 8am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 2pm Saturdays.
 

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