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Kittens and cats are a lot of work. They also come with a large shopping list. Below is a checklist of some of the necessary items that you’ll need for your new friend.
Some of these items, like the collar and ID tag, you may need to wait until you actually adopt your pet. Be sure to find out what food they are currently on at the shelter, if you do adopt from there, so that you can slowly start to transfer them to their new food by mixing the two. This will help with nausea and stomach indigestion.
Vet costs can be more then you think. You first have to include getting them updated on all their vaccinations (read the recommended vaccinations link for more information). If they’re not spayed or neutered, it’s recommended to get them fixed to help prevent future illnesses. Some animals even require medications due to sicknesses such as thyroid issues, urinary tract infections and ear infections. Sometimes these medications are lifelong.
Cats even need dental care like us. They too get plaque and tartar build-up and need to undergo a dental procedure like we do to make their teeth shiny and new again. Without proper care, plaque and tartar build-up can cause infections like gingivitis and even heart issues. Their mouth is just as sensitive as ours. If we’re worried about our teeth, why wouldn’t we worry about theirs?
Some cats require grooming. Long haired cats need it more than short haired cats due to matting, but both need it. Some owners feel capable of doing it at home but others do not. If you’re one of the owner’s that doesn’t, grooming is yet another cost to add onto your pet’s needs. For more information about grooming and the grooming services we offer, please visit our grooming tab or give us a call.
Fleas and ticks are yet another thing you have to look out for. Ticks are more of a summer issue, but fleas can hop around all year long. Flea and tick products are offered to protect these pesky things from our new friends. It’s better to have them on a year round treatment to prevent your loved ones from getting them. Click on the parasites tab under the dog section or give us a call for more information.