Life Stage Care

At Coastal Cat Clinic, we follow your cat through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular well checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your cat is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives. Click through the links below for more information on life stage care for your cat.

Kitten Care

Newly adopted kittens should visit Coastal Cat Clinic for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The goal is to screen for fleas, intestinal parasites, FeLV, FIV or other health problems. This helps ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health, and as such, deworming is recommended twice for every kitten. Preventive products can protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile cats have immature immune systems, making it difficult to fight off disease. Susceptibility to infectious disease is high. Vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your kitten.The most important vaccines for your kitten include:

  • Feline Panleukopenia (Distemper)
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus)/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Kittens receive a series of vaccinations in order to be protected; an incomplete series may leave your kitten vulnerable to infection. At Coastal Cat Clinic, we follow the guidelines of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, recommending the final vaccination series at 16 weeks of age or older. Nutritional and feeding recommendations are also a critical part of the kitten visits. Kittens are in a high growth stage, requiring specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Their lifelong food preferences are established at a very young age; therefore, feeding for prevention of adult conditions such as obesity starts in kittenhood! Left with the option of free choice (always available) feedings, the majority of indoor cats will become overweight by the time they reach 1-2 years of age. This excessive weight is challenging to get off, and is linked to chronic disease later in life. Prevention is the best cure! Talk to your veterinarian at Coastal Cat Clinic about the best diet and feeding schedule for your cat.

Adult Cat Care

Adult Animal Care

We recommend all cats be examined at least annually in order to prevent and/or detect medical problems.  Cats age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. 

Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your cat is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. The annual wellness examination is also an opportunity for you to address any concerns you may have and for the veterinarian to evaluate needs that all cats have- even healthy ones- such as dental care,  body condition (weight) and nutritional counseling, immunization, and parasite prevention. We will assess your cat’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats can experience chronic pain due to joint disease and dental disease.

Diet and nutrition are important to maintaining your cat's health. Feeding your cat a diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your cat's lifestyle, body condition, and health needs.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:  

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Trouble urinating or defecating
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Behavior changes
  • Changes in mobility: trouble with stairs, limping, decrease in ability to jump on furniture
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
Senior Cat Care

Thanks in part to better medical care, cats are living longer and it is not unusual for them to live to be 15 years old and beyond. How long an individual cat will live depends on many factors such as genetics, whether or not they are kept indoors, nutrition, and of course the appropriate veterinary care he/she receives.

With this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that cats are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, and cancer. And because cats age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. At Coastal Cat Clinic we believe a cat's needs change as they get older and we stress the importance of preventive care. We pay special attention to your senior cat's care and comfort level, evaluating each cat individually and making optimal recommendations.

When is your cat considered “older”? A 7-year old cat is equivalent to a human in their forties, and while some cats start showing aging changes at this point, many do so by 10 years of age.

CAT'S AGE HUMAN AGE EQUIVALENT

6 months....................................... 10 years

1 year .......................................... 15 years

4 years ..........................................32 years

6 years ..........................................40 years

10 years ........................................56 years

12 years.........................................62 years

16 years ........................................80 years

20 years ........................................96 years

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps cat owners can take to keep their cats healthy. We follow the guidelines of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, recommending comprehensive examinations every six months for older cats. Remember, 6 months in the life of your cat is comparable to 2 years for you! A lot can change in that short time. As cats become even more advanced in age, we may recommend checkups more frequently, depending on overall health and body condition.

Our recommended Senior Wellness includes:

  • Health consultation to address any concerns you may have
  • Nutritional counseling to asses body condition and accommodate changes in your cat's needs
  • Thorough physical examination, paying attention to changes that may have occurred since the prior visit
  • Measurement of blood pressure, as hypertension is an important concern in this age group
  • Laboratory testing to include:
  • CBC (Complete Blood Count): check red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
    • Serum chemistry profile: analyze liver, kidney, blood sugar, electrolytes, and more
    • Thyroid hormone: screen for hyperthyroidism
    • Complete urine analysis to evaluate kidney function, urinary tract infection, and more

With preventative screening, many health problems which are not readily detected in other ways can be caught early and appropriate steps taken to ensure continued well-being and a longer life for your cat.

We have created a Senior Wellness Package that includes all the above plus parasite screening. Please call our office for more information.