Puppy and Kitten Rules
1.) A tired puppy is a good puppy
2.) Freedom is a puppy’s worst enemy
3.) TOO BAD!!
Feed your puppy three times a day until he/she is three months old, then twice a day from then on. You should put the food down for about 5-10 minutes at a time, if your puppy isn’t interested in eating at that moment, pick it up and put it aside until the next scheduled feeding time. This will teach your puppy to start eating on a schedule and not whenever he/she feels like it. This will get your puppy housebroken in the quickest possible way. There should be no food after 6 pm.
Your puppy should get as much water as he/she wants but in controlled amounts. Remember, their bladder is very small and can fill up quickly! Giving too much water is a common mistake. There should be no water given after about 7 pm.
Make sure that you practice getting your puppy used to you touching his/her ears, toes/paws, mouth, and also practice putting your puppy on his/her back a couple times a day. These exercises will teach your puppy to let you do anything that you need to do like giving a pill, using ear medication, trimming nails, and just listening to you better in general.
Take your puppy outside to use the bathroom first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, after he/she eats, sleeps, after playing, or whenever he/she acts like they need to go out. It may be almost every hour for the first week or two.
These are some recommendations that will help keep your kitten healthy.
1.) Feed your kitten 3 times a day until 3 months old, than twice a day from then on.
2.) We recommend IAMS and Proplan kitten food for your kitten. You will have less odor in the litter box and this food prevents urinary problems.
3.) A series of vaccinations given every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is 12-14 weeks old.
4.) FIV Test (Cat Aids) and FeLV (Felines Leukemia Virus) will be taken during the first visit.
5.) A rabies vaccinations will be given at 6 months to all cats.
6.) A stool sample check at each vaccination visit until 2 samples in a row are negative.
7.) Spaying and neutering at 6 months old.
8.) Kittens can be declawed as early as 4 months old or at the same time as spaying or neutering.
Richman Animal Clinic
26909 Chardon Rd
Richmond Heights OH 44143