How to Care for Your Cat:
Talk to your veterinarian about:
• If your cat has any special needs.
• How to prevent fleas and ticks.
• When your cat received her rabies vaccination and de-wormings, and what she will need in the future. Cats can be born with worms, so de-worming is necessary even for cats who only live indoors.
Talk to your own vet about how often your cat should be de-wormed, and get a combination vaccination that protects your cat from several diseases. It’s very important to keep up with your cat’s vaccinations and de-wormings through her whole life. Write down the dates when your cat was vaccinated and de-wormed so you know when she needs more.
Make sure your cat is sterilized (spayed/neutered/de-sexed). There are many reasons:
• Your cat will be less likely to show territorial behavior in the house, such as spraying urine.
• He will be less likely to run away from home to look for a mate.
• He will be less likely to fight with other cats, which can cause serious injuries.
• Your cat will be far less likely to get many kinds of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
• It’s much harder than you think to find people to adopt up to six kittens.
• Your cat will not contribute to the homeless cat population. Countless kittens starve to death in the streets every year. Please don’t add to this problem!
Take your cat to a veterinarian at least once every year, even if he seems healthy, for a health check and vaccinations. Every year, cats should get a rabies vaccination and a combination vaccination.
If your cat seems sick, is acting strangely, or has less energy than usual, take him to a vet immediately. Waiting may cause more suffering for your cat, and the problem may become more difficult and more expensive to treat. Watch him carefully because many cats don’t have obvious changes in behavior when they’re suffering.
A number of diseases that can be deadly to cats are common in Kathmandu. Kittens younger than six to eight weeks are too young to be vaccinated. If you see any of these signs in a kitten, take her to a vet or animal hospital immediately for medical care :
• Coughing or sneezing
• Fluid from eyes or nose
• Loss of hunger
• Tiredness and lack of energy
• Diarrhea (watery or with blood)
Segments of tapeworms look like pieces of rice. If you see these, especially in your cat’s feces (poop) or bedding, take the cat to a veterinarian.
Consider getting your cat microchipped. This is a form of identification that can’t be lost or removed. A vet can easily put the microchip in, and it is basically painless.
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