Captain Krinkles is now 14weeks old and like all kittens has been in to the clinic for his physical examinations and vaccines. At The Cat Clinic kittens get a series of vaccinations in three visits which are spread out over the course of three months. For Krinkles and all our patients safety The Cat Clinic uses only non-adjuvanted vaccinations because although they are much more expensive for us to purchase they greatly reduce the risk of allergic reactions and injection site reactions.
His physical exam starts with the Doctor taking a full history. Brave little Krinkles was happy to show off his improved coordination by jumping off the chairs and playing chase games around the examination room while his mommy discussed with Dr.Suderman about the difficulties of cleaning the area around his eye to avoid it becoming infected again. Which he hates. This full history is so any concerns you have about your cat’s well being can be expressed, unknown concerns can be discovered and the doctor can explore how your cat is doing at home.
These physical exams will include a weight assessment. The doctor will not only record your kitten’s weight but also compare it to their body structure and previous weights. This is to make sure the kitten is at the appropriate weight currently and growing at an adequate rate. On his first visit, Krinkles had to blush because he was a little round in the belly but by 14 weeks he had cut back on some of his snacks and was a nice trim 1.9kg. Being almost big enough for his surgery to ensure a safer anesthetic it has been tentatively scheduled with Dr.Suderman and Dr.O’Brien for the 18th of this month.
Because we have been working on doing a lot of handling with Krinkles (see the previous adventure) when the doctor then went on to check his ears, mouth and feet Krinkles was so comfortable he wanted to play instead. A little bit of a pill pocket distracted him long enough for use to get a good look and then take a listen to his heart.
You might not notice but the doctor will also check the muscle tone, belly and joints of your kitten. In order to keep cats comfortable at all times we often will “disguise” portions of the exam to seem like simple stroking where in reality the doctor is collecting important information about your cat’s health status. Cats can also be distracted during the exam by offering them a bit of kibble or for cats that eat really fast a piece of soft treat can be pressed into the table. We are happy to report Krinkle’s behaves like a regular kitten his age in spite of his handicap; overall he received a good bill of health.
Krinkles will be in for his final set of kitten vaccinations next month. After he has received this final set his immune system will finally be at an acceptable level for protection from those diseases. For a full list of what these diseases are feel free to ask any of our Team Members.
For his next tale Krinkles will be demonstrating how to be a good patient while starting his deworming protocol.
Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT