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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 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 call us at 928-445-2331 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 »


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.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency, please call us immediately at (928) 445-2331. After hours, weekends and major holidays please call Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital at (928) 778-1990.