Dry food offers convenience but also can help decrease tartar buildup—especially when a dental formula is fed. Q: When should I sterilize my cat? A: The surgery can be performed anytime over the age of 8 weeks, but we generally recommend waiting until four to six months of age. Cats usually do not reach puberty before 6 months. It is not better for a cat to go through a heat cycle or have a litter before being spayed.
A spay is an ovariohysterectomy — the ovaries and uterus are removed. Male cats generally do not spray before reaching puberty. The smell of their urine and undesirable marking behavior is prevented with neutering. When a male cat is neutered, the testicles are removed. Q: My cat is in heat now. Is there anything I can do?
A: If your cat is currently in season, it is best to get her spayed ASAP. This is the only safe way to discontinue her heat cycles. Female cats can come in and out of heat every 2-3 weeks. Q: How did my cat get fleas? A: Unfortunately, even cats that stay indoors can get fleas. Fleas may be living in the outside environment and inadvertently brought into you home. Once you detect fleas, we recommend treating your cat for a minimum for three months to stop the flea life cycle and reinfestation.
Q: My cat has fleas, but I prefer not to use chemical flea treatments. Do you have any holistic recommendations for flea treatment? A: We do not have any recommendation on holistic flea treatment. Holistic flea treatments are not FDA approved and can potentially be harmful to your cat. You can use a flea comb daily to remove fleas from your cat. This process can take weeks to be effective. Q: What do you recommend for flea control?
A: We recommend prescription, monthly spot on products for ease and safety. If you cat has lots of fleas and flea dirt, we recommend bathing and drying prior to any flea product application. Our doctors recommend using Activyl, Revolution, Advantage, or Comfortis for flea treatment. Q: What are the little white things under my cat’s tail and on his stool? A: These are called tapeworms. Tapeworms can only be eliminated with prescription medication, There are no over the counter medications to effectively rid tapeworms.
Q: My cat has tapeworms. A: Tapeworms are very common in cats. Cats acquire tapeworms by ingesting fleas carrying tapeworm larvae during regular self-grooming. Tapeworms are eliminated by applying a topical or oral deworming treatment. Don’t forget about preventing re-infestation by using monthly flea control too. Q: What are ear mites?
A: Ear mites are microscopic bugs that can live in your cat’s ears. The only way to see them is through magnification. All dogs and cats in the household require concurrent treatment to prevent re-infestation between the pets. Q: Is There an Easy Way to Bring My Cat to the Vet? Q: My male cat is spraying. Will neutering him fix this problem? A: Your cat should be neutered ASAP. Neutering removes the hormones that can trigger spraying, but spraying can also be a behavioral issue. You should schedule a behavioral consultation with your vet if your cat is neutered and still spraying. Most behavioral problems can be corrected if addressed as soon as they start. Q: I’m thinking of getting a playmate for my cat. What should I consider when choosing another cat? If you’re seriously considering bringing a new cat into the picture, you should consult with your kitty’s vet to discuss the best options and to get information on gradual introduction of the new cat into your household. Proper introduction is vital to cats getting along.