Pet life stage center at Houston animal hospital

Life Stage Care

At Memorial Cat Hospital, we follow your cat through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your cat is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives. Read below for more information on life stage care for your cat.

Kitten Care

Newly adopted kittens should visit Memorial Cat Hospital in Houston for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile cats also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your cat.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating

Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young cat include:

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  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor cat) and regional considerations. Finally, kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Memorial Cat Hospital about the best food for your cat.

Request an appointment to vaccinate your kitten

Adult Cat Care

We recommend all cats be examined twice a year in order to prevent/detect medical problems. Cats age faster than we do and as a result, health problems can progress much more rapidly. Regular wellness examinations will confirm that your cat is healthy or help catch problems before they can become more serious. Your cat's semi-annual veterinary visit will include some, if not all of the following: a health consultation, blood work, a physical examination, pain assessment, nutritional counseling, vaccinations if necessary, an intestinal parasite screening and a recommendation for an on-going wellness routine.

Diet and nutrition are also important to maintaining your cat's health. Feeding your cat a specially formulated diet to meet the needs of adulthood helps encourage a long and healthy life. Please feel free to consult your veterinarian to help you find the right food to fit with your cat's lifestyle, body condition and health needs.

We will assess your cat’s comfort level and address any concerns about pain. Even younger cats can experience chronic pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, cruciate (ACL) disease) and dental disease.

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam

Senior Cat Care

Thanks to the advancements in veterinary medicine, cats are living longer than ever. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the variety of conditions and diseases that they are susceptible to including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, cancer and diabetes. And because cats age faster than we do, health problems can progress much more rapidly. We pay special attention to your senior cat's comfort level and address any concerns about pain.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps cat owners can take to keep their cats healthy. Memorial Cat Hospital recommends that healthy senior cats (age 7+) visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing.

Your senior cat's wellness exam should include the following:

  • Health Consultation
  • Physical Examination
  • Pain assessment
  • Oral Exam
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Intestinal Parasite Test
  • Overall Wellness Recommendation
  • Vaccinations (if necessary)
  • Blood Work

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Changes in mobility: difficulty getting up from a down position, trouble with stairs, limping, decrease in ability to jump on furniture or jump into the car, decrease in play activity
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Unexplained weight gain

Request a Semi-Annual Wellness Exam