Assessing Health

Determining the overall health of a newly fostered kitten

When kittens first come into care, it's important to assess their overall health. This will help determine whether they require any medical assistance. If you have any doubts about the health or well-being of your kitten, it's always a good idea to have them checked by a Veterinarian, however we've listed some common health checks/indicators below:

  • Injuries

  • Congenital Defects (e.g. cleft palate, limb deformities)

  • Temperature (hypothermia/hyperthermia)

  • Hypoglycaemia (white/dry gums, can be tested with a blood glucose machine)

  • Fleas/Flea dirt (black flakes in the fur that turn red/brown with water)

  • Signs of Cat Flu (nasal discharge, crusty eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing)

  • Signs of Ringworm (patches of fur missing)

  • Overall Temperament (are they responsive when awake?)

  • Hydration (does the kitten have a skin tent or delayed capillary refill time?)

  • Body condition (are the ribs easily noticeable/sunken in face?)

Get in Touch

© 2020 by The Kitten Nursery Australia Inc  |  Privacy Policy

The Kitten Nursery Australia Logo