VCA Animal Hospitals

Cat Life Stages — Kitten (1-12 months)

Kitten Tips

When a kitten fractures a bone, she’ll limp or walk on three legs. If you suspect a limb fracture, you can use a pencil, a tongue depressor or even cardboard to temporarily immobilize the leg before heading to the vet.

Cats infected with the Feline Leukemia Virus can look perfectly healthy in the early stages of the disease, but are still highly contagious. Vaccinations are crucial in the prevention of many fatal diseases in kittens.

A kitten’s diet must be rich in taurine, an amino acid responsible for cardiovascular fitness and eye health in cats. Kittens can’t produce taurine naturally, so scientists recommend 1000 mg per day per kg of dry food.

Best Care Little Bundles for Kittens

Kittens need special care, after all…they’re just babies! The Best Care program for kittens includes an overall health exam, an initial vaccination series, nutritional advice and more. Get your kitten on the road to health early.

Learn more about this special package, or find a VCA Animal Hospital to make an appointment today.

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Kitten Corner

If you’re caring for a kitten (1-12 months) this is the place for you. We’ve got tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on kitten development.

Basic Care
The first few months are crucial to your kitten’s health. Here, you’ll find links to articles on basic care including behavior, grooming, exercise and more.

A kitten’s weight may double or even triple during her first few weeks of life. Research what and how to feed your kitten here.

Kittens need special preventative care including vaccinations and parasite medications. Read more on how often your kitten needs to see the vet.

Training a kitten is a great idea. It encourages good behavior early and ensures you won’t have to break bad habits later. It’s also easier than you may think!

Kitten to Adult Cat

As your kitten transitions to adulthood, there will be big changes. As her awareness of the world increases, she will be ready to interact with just about everything around her. From food to grooming to basic care, there are many things to watch for and keep in mind as your kitten’s needs evolve. Learn about the “Adult Cat” Lifestage »


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.