Whether you are a brand new or experienced pet owner, there’s nothing that beats the excitement of bringing home a new puppy or kitten. TLC Animal Hospital of El Paso, TX, lists some puppy and kitten care facts you need to know.
Are There Any Vaccines That Are Required for Puppies and Kittens?
In Texas, the only vaccine that is legally required for dogs and cats is the rabies vaccine. Puppies and kittens must have it by the time they are four months old.
Can Puppies and Kittens Eat the Same Food?
In general, dogs and cats should not eat the same food, since they have different nutritional needs.
When Can a Puppy or Kitten Be Spayed or Neutered?
Puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered as young as six weeks old, as long as they are healthy. It’s good to neuter male kittens before they are six months old, so they do not get into the habit of spraying urine to mark their territories. Female puppies should be spayed before their first heat, which reduces their chances of getting breast tumors by over 90%.
How Long Does It Take for Puppies to be Housetrained?
Each puppy is different in his or her ability to learn house training. Some puppies catch on in a few weeks, while others can take as long as six months. You need to take your puppy outside regularly, such as when waking from a long sleep, after eating, and after vigorous exercise. Ask your veterinarian what kind of potty schedule your puppy needs. Never hit your puppy for causing an accident.
How Long Does It Take for a Kitten to be Litter Trained?
Like puppies, kittens learn at their own speed. However, on average, it takes a month or less for kittens to catch on to how to use a litter box. If you see your kitten squatting in the wrong place, simply pick your kitten up and place in the litter box. Never hit or scold your kitten.
When Will You Know If the Eyes Are Going to Stay Blue?
Most puppies and kittens’ eyes change color by the time they are three or four months old. If your puppy or kitten is at least five months old and the eyes are still blue, chances are that they will stay blue. Some dogs and cats have different colored eyes and can see well out of both.
We Know You Have More Questions
There’s always more to learn about puppy and kitten care. By asking a veterinarian your questions, you have a reliable source of information. If you live in the El Paso, TX, area, contact TLC Animal Hospital by emailing [email protected] or by calling (915) 592-6200 to make an appointment today.