Mercer Island, WA
Cat Wellness & Vaccinations
Learn more about our cat wellness services below.
Cat Wellness & Vaccinations
The most important part of being an animal caregiver is making sure that special little guy or gal stays as healthy and happy for as many years as possible. The best way to achieve this goal is by making a commitment to wellness care. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive wellness care for all stages of life. We can help give your loved one the best chance at a long, happy, and healthy life.
What is “wellness care”?
Wellness care is really just a fancy phrase for annual checkups. During a wellness visit, the doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam, checking to make sure your cat’s body is functioning just as it should be. We’ll also discuss with you a number of topics that are vital to keeping your loved one happy and healthy, such as vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition and weight management, behavior, and more.
The information we gather during your pet’s exams helps us to develop a baseline of what’s considered to be “normal” for them. Every cat is different, so it’s important that we are able to understand what “healthy” for your pet looks like. This gives us something to compare future exams and diagnostic tests to moving forward. That way, if and when something changes, it will be easy to spot so it can be addressed right away before it has a chance to develop into something more serious and costly.
It’s a time of great change in your life, and we understand that you want to give your pet the best care possible. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital understands that we must work as a team to keep your pet healthy and happy. We’re looking forward to seeing you and getting to know you and your new kitten better.
Kittens require the same kind of attention as newborns. This necessitates frequent vet visits for the first few months of life. Island Cats Veterinary Hospital is here to assist you in providing your kitten with the care and support they require to thrive.
We will focus on vaccinations, parasite prevention, microchipping, spaying/neutering, and nutritional needs.
Vaccines offer protection against major viral and bacterial diseases that cats may be exposed to. Your veterinarian will set up a vaccination program for your cat to provide protection for the diseases of concern in your area. Kittens often require an initial vaccination with follow-up booster vaccines to ensure they are well protected against diseases.
Following a proper vaccination schedule will help to ensure that you are doing your part to keep your new friend healthy. Additionally, we recommend that all cats be placed on a monthly parasite preventative and be tested regularly for parasites.
Flea & Parasite Prevention
You may not always be able to tell if your cat has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and if your pet grooms regularly the fleas may be ingested without you knowing it. Ingesting fleas can lead to a parasitic infection. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and other problems, but some infected pets don’t show any signs at all. Regular flea prevention can help prevent a flea infestation and decrease your cat’s risk of getting parasites.
Microchips are tiny electronic devices, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio waves to transmit identification information. Pet microchips store unique identification numbers that show once the chip is scanned. This number can be reported to the appropriate microchip company where the owners’ contact information is stored. Microchips are made of a material that is compatible with body tissues, so rejection and infection at the site of microchip injection are rare.