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Cat Clinic of Iowa City

FAQs Cat Clinic
of Iowa City

Our veterinarian team can answer any question, big or small. Some of our most frequently asked questions have been answered here.

Our most Frequently Asked Questions

Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Should my cat be allowed to go outside or remain exclusively inside?

There are advantages and disadvantages to each situation. Ultimately, you know your cat and what they need more than anyone. Contact us about outdoor cats to make an informed decision.

Bathroom Habits

Do cats need to be trained to use the litter box?

This is a common question among new cat owners and we’re happy to tell you that the answer is no. Cats will naturally utilize their litter box. However, contact us about litter box care to acquire some tips and tricks to keep your cat from searching for other bathroom locations.

Why won't my cat use the litter box?

We sympathize with your frustration but want you to know there could be a simple answer and a simple fix to this problem. Contact us for possible explanations for this baffling behavior.


How do I know if my cat's in pain?

Cats will often isolate themselves, avoid usual activities or stop eating when they experience pain. Determining whether a cat is in pain can be very difficult because they try to hide it. Contact our staff if you suspect that your cat might be in pain.

Vaccinations and Parasite Control

How often should cats be vaccinated?
Some vaccinations are necessary every year, some every two years, and some every three years. Our staff will help you determine what your cat needs. Proceed to our vaccinations page for more information.
Does my cat need a distemper vaccination?
The feline distemper vaccination is actually a combination vaccine that protects against the feline herpes virus, the feline calici virus and the feline pan-leukopenia virus. These are all considered core vaccines that every cat should receive.
Is it safe for my cat to have multiple vaccinations at a time?

Cats are often given multiple vaccinations at the same time, but there are reasons why certain cats should not receive more then one at a time. Our staff will help determine what is appropriate for each individual cat.

How often do I apply flea treatment to my cat?
Most modern flea treatments such as Frontline, Advantage and Revolution are applied once monthly.

Spaying Or Neutering

At what age can my cat be spayed or neutered?
The ideal age for these surgeries is between five and seven months old, before the cat becomes reproductively mature. However, it is common for older cats to have these surgeries.
Can my cat be spayed when she's in heat?
As it can be difficult to determine precisely when a cat is in heat, the procedure is often done during this time.


How much food should I feed my cat?
Feeding levels are determined by the cat’s individual activity level and frame size. However, very few indoor cats need more than one-half cup of dry food each day.
When should I switch my kitten to adult food?
Kittens should begin receiving adult food between six and ten months of age. Visit our New Kitten Care page to learn more kitten health care.
What is a healthy weight for my cat?

It depends on the cat. Schedule an appointment to consult with our veterinarian if you have concerns.

How do I get my cat to lose weight?

We can help with suggestions about how to help your cat can become a healthy weight. Schedule an appointment to consult with our veterinarian if you have concerns.