You arrived here by my Magical train,isnt'that better than bouncing around in that carrier,hoping all the time that you won't lose your lunch or disgrace yourself even worse?
What's that?? NO NO NO, there are no doctors here that will poke you and touch you in private places. You're in a magical place and all that we'll do here is discuss healthy lifestyles. We also let your *Humans* find some nice information, to help you stay happy and healthy.
A little kitten is a gift from God to us. We have to provide shelter, food and plenty of love so this new bundle of joy will spend many happy years with us and enrich our lives.
Here are some Mooch Tips to keep your Feline happy:
Good Kibblesand Fresh Water at all times
Comfy Nap places
A very clean Litterboxin a private and secluded place.
Fresh Home GrownCatNip
Plus Exercise to keep that svelte figure
Some mind stimulatingPuter Games
Plenty of Entertainment
How about a Kitty Pal??
And, most of all Lots of Hugs and Smooches
Cats are always washing up, but they love a regular grooming session which benefits both of you. Less cat hair, more cuddles
A Soft Bed to rest up for the next adventure.
February is National Dental Months for Cats, so let's make sure we keep those pearly whites well cared for.
A little Tooth Wisdom
At 6-8 weeks old a kitten will have 26 milk teeth, also called *deciduous* teeth. Adult teeth replace the baby teeth at about 3-4 months. An adult cat has a total of 30 teeth, six upper and six lower incisors, two upper and two lower canine teeth, six upper and four lower premolars and two upper and two lower molars. All adult teeth are fully developed by 6 months. Healthy gums should be firm, and pink in unpigmented areas (some cats have freckle like spots on their gums and this is normal. Always consult your veterinarian if you see anything that is not normal. He or she can tell you what is best for your cat. If your furry friend will let you come close enough to try and brush his teeth you are a lucky purrson, but please never use human toothpaste on cats, there are special toothpastes and brushes for your furkid. If your cat does not care for the brushing, you can always try to use a cotton square wrapped around your finger and gently rub his teeth. Remember just a few minutes of care can make a big difference and greatly improve your cat's health. Crunchy food can also help some, and along with regular dental checkups by your veterinarian, your cat pal can have a shiny pearly white smile and nice breath.
Let's keep these teeth very healthy and happy or we will
have to answer
to Doc Pete!
Please protect your furbabies.
||Type of Vaccine
||AGE at 1st (weeks)
|| AGE at 2nd (weeks)
|| 8-10 weeks
|| 1 year
||every 3 years*|
|Feline Leukemia Virus** (FELV)
|Feline Infectious Peritonitis** (FIP)
* Rabies vaccination schedule may vary according to local law.
** It is recommended to vaccinate cats at risk of exposure to these diseases.
( For instance:outside cats, or showing, boarding and breeding cats)
All medical data mentioned here is for informational purposes only, some of the vaccination protocols have changed recently, so please consult with
your Veterinarian for more details.
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Mooch recommends to have a First Aid Kit at home for Kitty. It can be bought at a store, but you can also stock it yourself with the following items:
- Your veterinarians phone number including emergency numbers
- The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center Numbers:
(888-426-4435, or800-548-2423, or 900-680-0000)
- A very good cat care manual
- Clean heavy towels or blankets
- Gauze rolls, or squares,
- Absorbent cotton balls and swabs
- Adhesive (medical) tape
- Round tip scissors
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Syringe (without needle) for oral medications
- Syrup of ipecac
- Styptic pencil
- A copy of your cat's medical record
Mooch has searched the far and wide.
The following Feline Health Information sites win Mr.Mooch's
stamp of approval. Just click on the pawprint to take you there.
The Cornell Feline Health Center, Ithaca NY
The European Society of Feline Medicine (ESFM)
The Winn Feline Health Foundation
Stitching Felissana, Cat Health Info from the Netherlands
Fosters & Smith Pet Products & Health Tips
Hills Science Diet Pet Products and Health Information
Iams Pet Products and Health Advice
Some graphics by CatStuff, please check out her great site.
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