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Feline Ages & Life Stages
Kittens 13 Weeks To 16 Weeks: 4 Months Old
(6-8 Years Old In Human Years)
!! Here Comes The Big Kitty !!
It seemed like only an eye blink ago that your kitten was just a pocket-sized bundle of fluff.
Physical: Your kitten has reached the ‘tween years of cat-hood, not a baby, but not yet all grown up. Their bodies go through growth spurts, getting all leggy, or all lanky, or sometimes just being all tail. Their fur will loose that kitten tufted look for sleeker, shinier locks.
Nutrition: A high quality kitten diet, moist or dry, should be available at all times. They should also be drinking water from a bowl at this point, and need fresh water at all times. Many cats like drinking from a “cat fountain,” although you don’t want your cat to teach you to turn on the faucet for them to take a drink!
Behavior: Tail held high, strutting around, this is when kittens show their personalities. Meek and mild, or crazy and wild, they will all need scratching posts and cat trees to take out their excess energy on. To prevent unwanted scratching, try covering an item with double-sided tape, aluminum foil, or the plastic “fake grass” that doesn’t feel too great on cat feet. They will avoid the disagreeable texture, and hopefully not want to scratch there again.
Wellness: By 16 weeks all cats should have had their third series of vaccinations for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FRVCP), their third de-worming, and their one-year Rabies vaccination. Other diagnostics during this Veterinary exam will include a Fecal Analysis for intestinal parasites to make sure the de-worming treatments did their job effectively, as well as testing to see if they carry the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
Medical Concerns: Your adventurous kitten can get into a lot of trouble. If you’ve already kitten proofed your home, you’re half-way towards being prepared for a medical emergency. Now is the best time to enroll your kitten in Pet Insurance, or to apply for a CareCredit Interest Free Payment Plan. These two programs will make sure you’ll be able to meet the financial responsibilities for veterinary care not just of an emergency, but for their whole lives. Speak with your Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery PetCare Team member to find out how these programs can help you afford a lifetime of wellness for your companion, or visit our "Payment Policy" tab at the top for links to helpful Pet Insurance websites, and CareCredit.
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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.