Cat Lifetime Health Plan

Caring for your beloved cat is a life-long commitment. Regular preventative health care throughout your cat's lifetime with regular visits to your family veterinarian is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your cat. The net result will be a reduction in the prevalence and impact of preventable disease and chronic diseases that shorten and detract from the life of your pet. Below are our recommendations for the lifelong care of your cat.

Kittens, Under 12 Months of Age

  • Cats are obligate carnivores. The ideal diet should contain 40-60% animal based protein, 30-50% fat, and <10% carbohydrates and about 70% water.
  • Feeding a diet made up of primarily canned food is ideal. For more information, refer to catinfo.org
  • Comprehensive physical exam at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
  • FeLV/FIV testing at first visit and at 6 months of age.
  • FDFVR vaccine at approximately 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
  • FeLV vaccine at 12 and 16 weeks.
  • Rabies at 16 weeks.
  • Deworming at 8, 10, 12 and 14 weeks and again at 6 months if going outside.
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites at 16 weeks (Ova and parasites/Giardia Ag)
  • Spay or neuter at 6 months; pre-anesthetic blood work, screening EKG and microchip placement is recommended. Deworm if going outside.
  • Start flea, tick and ear mite control is appropriate for lifestyle.
  • Begin regular home dental care by 12 weeks of age (discuss with our staff).
  • Discuss environment enrichment for your kitten with your veterinarian.

Adults; 1-7 Years of Age

  • Cats are obligate carnivores. Feeding a premium animal protein based canned adult food is ideal. Dry food can be fed if desired.
  • Food should be made up with 40-60% high quality protein.
  • Comprehensive physical exam yearly.
  • Discuss appropriate vaccine schedule for lifestyle.
  • Discuss proper weight for your cat with your veterinarian.
  • FDFVR vaccine at 1 year of age and then every 3 years.
  • Rabies vaccines annually.
  • FeLV vaccine at 1 year, and then annually if your cat goes out side at all.
  • Deworming annually for all cats and every 3-6 months for cats that go outdoors.
  • Fecal examination for parasites yearly (Ova and parasites/Giardia Ag).
  • Flea, tick and ear mite control if appropriate for lifestyle.
  • Continue preventive dental care at home regularly. 
  • Dental cleaning as needed.
  • Wellness blood work annually.

Mature Adult, 7-11 Years of Age

  • Feed a premium canned food and dry food if desired. Discuss appropriate diet with your veterinarian. Refer to catinfo.org for more dietary information.
  • Comprehensive phsyical exam annually.
  • Monitor for weight changes.
  • Modify vaccine schedule for appropriate for age and lifestyle.
  • FDFVR vaccine every 3 years.
  • Rabies vaccine annually.
  • FeLV vaccine annually for cats that go outdoors.
  • Deworming annually for all cats and every 3-6 months for cats that go outdoors.
  • Fecal examination for parasites (Ova and parasites/Giardia Ag) annually.
  • Dental cleaning as needed.
  • Senior wellness screnning every 6-12 months.

Golden Years, Over 11 Years of Age

  • Feed a premium canned food and dry food if desired. Discuss age related diet changes with your veterinarian. Refer to catinfo.org for more dietary information.
  • Comprehensive physical exam every 6 months to 1 year.
  • Monitor for weight changes.
  • Discuss any changes in behavior, appetite and water intake.
  • Discuss appropriate vaccine schedule. Give rabies vaccine annually.
  • Deworming annually for all cats and every 3-6 months for cats that go outside.
  • Fecal examination for parasites annually.
  • Flea, tick and ear mite control if appropriate for lifestyle.
  • Continue preventative dental care at home regularly.
  • Dental cleanings as needed.
  • Senior wellness screening every 6-12 months.
  • Thoracic and abdominal radiographs and/or ultrasound if indicated by physical exam and lab work.