Hunter Animal Hospital
Hunter Animal Hospital Hunter Animal Hospital Monday - Friday 8AM - 6PM
Saturday 8AM - 1PM
Sunday & Major Holidays Closed
5246 W. 3500 S.
West Valley City, UT 84120
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Hunter Animal Hospital

Kitten Care

Congratulations on your new kitten!  We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family

Everyone at Hunter Animal Hospital is excited that you have a new kitten!  You have taken the first step to having a wonderful companion and friend. It is important to do everything you can to make sure he or she grows up strong, healthy and happy. All of us at Hunter Animal Hospital are here to be sure your kitten is healthy and develops into a healthy, happy member of your family.

Please bring your kitten to us for a kitten exam as soon as possible to ensure that he or she is healthy. We will make sure your kitten is receiving the proper protection he or she needs through vaccinations, parasite protection and nutrition, ensuring a healthy start in life.

Your kitten’s first visit with us will include: 

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Recommendations for screening for viruses specific to felines, such as Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Intestinal parasite deworming
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your kitten’s lifestyle
  • Heartworm prevention recommendations
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas and ticks, if necessary
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

For your kitten’s first visit with us, we request that you bring the following:

Please bring the health information provided to you by the person, business or organization you got your kitten from. Such document/s should include a list of all vaccines, “deworming,” and other medications given to date. Please bring a fresh stool sample.  And don’t forget your new kitten in a cat carrier!

Kitten-Proof Your House

It is important for your kitten’s health to create an environment that will prevent accidents.  Here are a few tips to “kitten proof” your house:

  • Store harmful chemicals, electrical cords and objects that pose a choking risk in areas where your kitten cannot get to them
  • Prevent access to medications, cleaning supplies, poisonous house plants, “people” food and the kitchen trash can 
  • Foods to avoid include chocolate and any food or gum containing xylitol 
  • Prevent access to string, thread, yarn, ribbons and dental floss 
  • Tuck cords up and out of the way and tuck curtains up over the rods for a couple of months.  Kittens love to climb, and will not be able to get into additional trouble or tangled up on the drapery cords
  • Put away anything that a kitten might attempt to eat, such as potpourri scented with oils

Please Watch Your Kitten Carefully!

Kittens are vulnerable and are prone to accidental injury. Please be alert to the following symptoms, which may be signs that your kitten needs immediate care:

  • Respiratory problems: persistent coughing, shortness of breath, difficult or labored breathing, shallow breathing, or excessively rapid or slow breathing
  • Signs that the kitten has swallowed something poisonous such as mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, seizures, or fever
  • Bleeding that can’t be stopped
  • Unconsciousness or lethargy
  • Staggering or seizures
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Defecating more than twice in an hour, or straining in the litter box with no results
  • Repeat vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting
  • Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to use his/her leg