Open 7 Days A Week
New Client: 904-516-9767
Existing Client: or 904-399-5557
1546 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Get your kitten’s health journey off on the right paw with quality veterinary care

Congratulations on the addition to your family! “Kittenhood” is a magical yet pivotal time in your fur-baby’s life. At San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, we partner with clients to assure their new kitten gets off to the best start possible with proactive services and quality veterinary care.

Best Cats Veterinary Care Near Me In, Jacksonville FL

Kittenhood, defined

Cats are only kittens until the age of one, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). From there, kittens mature into adolescents and eventually reach maturity at age seven. One of the best things to ensure a transition from healthy kitten to healthy adolescent is to get your frisky feline spayed or neutered! 

Not only is this the responsible thing to do as a pet owner, good neighbor, and community steward, but these commonplace surgical procedures also play a preventive role in reducing or eliminating the risk of certain reproductive cancers. Furthermore, these procedures help support a stress-free and comfortable introduction of your kitten to the household. Altered cats are also less likely to exhibit undesirable behaviors, such as loud and persistent vocalizations, attempts at escaping, aggression, and urinating outside of their litterboxes. 

At this stage of life, our veterinarians may discuss potential congenital or genetic concerns. We want to “get ahead” of potential issues as much as possible and control what we can. Awareness of risks or threats is the first step toward identifying red flags and addressing them promptly and efficiently. We will also partner with you in other areas pivotal to proper feline development, including: 

  • Nutritional needs and weight control – Types and quantities of foods and the frequency of feedings (now is the time to acquaint kittens with varied flavors, textures, and stimulating “food-foraging” puzzles and games. 
  • Behavioral and environmental considerations – Socializing kittens properly with other people (and other pets) and getting them used to healthy habits, such as nail trims, grooming, brushing, and handling.
  • Litter box hygiene – Discussing “what’s normal” when it comes to elimination-related behaviors and suggestions for good litter products, box set-ups, and cleaning. 
  • Oral care – Don’t miss the opportunity to get your cat comfortable with brushing and wiping their teeth when they are still young and not “set in their ways.”
  • Transmissible diseases – “Core vaccines” include those to protect kittens from FCV (Feline CalciVirus), FHV-1 (Feline HerpesVirus), FPV (Feline ParvoVirus), and rabies.

New Client Call

Existing Client Call

It is just the start of getting your cat into a healthy routine characterized by year-round broad-spectrum parasitic preventives, testing, and control measures to guard against life-altering infectious diseases. What you do now for your little kitten sets the stage for a disease-free and happy adulthood. Call 904-516-9767 to schedule an appointment at our Jacksonville office, and be sure to ask about our in-house wellness plan specifically designed for kittens! 

Back To Puppy Kitten Care Page

Share this Article

Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Special Offers
Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
Read More
I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
Read More