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Annual Cat Care logoEvery cat is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

Annual Wellness

Kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult cats will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior cats can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like urine marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your cat.

Nutrition

Cats require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Switching to adult food right after spaying or neutering has been shown to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions. Your senior cat may need a different amount of calories and protein depending on body condition as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your cat.

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Exercise

Keep your adult cat fit by using toys that encourage him or her to run and jump. Be sure to give your cat at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior cat is extremely important to ensure that he or she is at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids twice daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.Cat Care for All Ages icon