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Creature Care: Adopt-A-Cat Month!
Charles Dickens famously mused, ‘What greater gift than the love of a cat.’
On this Creature Care broadcast, Dr. John Weiner stepped into the Home Page Studio to discuss the care of kittens. (You can watch the video presentation where you’ll see the new Vogt kittens, Mori and Theo.)
In February, our daughter Julianna shared with my husband, John, and me that she would enjoy having a kitty. We called Dr. Weiner for counsel on bringing a new pet into our home. We looked at calm cat breeds like the Ragdoll or RagaMuffin because of their temperament.
Dr. Weiner’s wise counsel at the time was to wait for the timing of the kitten for the Vogt family dynamics. He also said that many cats in the Spring have kittens, so that we may find one then. We decided to wait a few months to see what kitten would come available.
Recently while talking to our friend Mindy VanKirk, she mentioned that she was kitty-sitting! Someone had left six-week-old kittens in a box in a field in the area. When Mindy learned about the kittens, she became the caretaker until their forever homes were found. So, Julianna and I visited the ten kitties when they were about eight weeks old. We visited the kitties a few times, and Mindy encouraged us to consider adopting two kittens because they would be good playmates. I asked Dr. Weiner if he would come to see the kittens to get his veterinarian’s advice. He said that Mindy and others had handled them, and the kittens were exceptionally social. Julianna chose the black and white female kitten we call Mori, and I chose the brown and white male we call Theo. That night we took them home in a carrier Dr. Weiner brought for us to transport them.
Many situations have changed since the beautiful day we adopted two kittens. At first, they would play rough with each other until they learned the boundaries of that kind of play. Now they still wrestle and chase each other, but it is fun for them and us! When they were done with their first appointment in Dr. Weiner’s office, Theo kneaded Mori to comfort her. Also, at first, we needed to let them know not to use their claws on us but on things that were made for scratching!
During the visit with Dr. Weiner, he examined them from head to foot! He found them in good shape, except for Mori, who had parasites that needed treatment. (This is where my hero, my husband, comes in because he has given Mori and Theo the medication, and they are doing well – all three of them.)
Kittens are so much fun to watch, and with a lot of love and care, they bring joy, peace, and companionship to the whole family.
Dr. John Weiner and his staff at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Care – care that you can trust.
For more information, please call them at 814-205-9384 or check out their website at https://pvvc.net.
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Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Sara Vogt
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Guest(s): Dr. John Weiner
Produced by Vogt Media
Home Page Sponsors: Pleasant Valley Veterinary Care