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Welcome to our series from the Wonderful Dr. Barry Baum, Chief of Staff at Center-Sinai Animal Hospital in Los Angeles.  If you have a question for our Virtuoso Vet, he'd love to see it.  And he will answer all that he can.  Just use the contact information that follows below, beneath the column. Please note: If you feel the condition of your pet is critical, Dr. Baum suggests you contact your local vet ASAP!

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Dear Dr. Baum--

My kitten is four months old.  I want to let her go outside, but we live in a city (Los Angeles), and are concerned about her catching diseases, and being safe in general. We are on a quiet street, and our other cats have been fine about not getting into trouble with traffic and the occasional raccoon, but we are concerned about when it would be safe to let her go outside.  Also, what shots does she need?

Marsha R., Los Angeles, CA

Dear Marsha --

In your environment you can start letting your kitten explore the environs around your home with supervision at any time.  In order for the kitten to grow into a cat he or she will need to develop the survival techniques to last a lifetime.  It is important that you provide a comfortable and interesting environment in your home as an inducement for the kitty to voluntarily spend a lot of time with you as your pet and companion.  The younger the kitty, the more likely it is that it will be more cautious when exploring the unknown and will initially stay closer to the house.

You should definitely have your cat spayed or neutered by six months of age both as a public service to population control as well as for the health of the cat.  Neutered male cats stay closer to home, get involved in less fights and are less frequently struck by automobiles.  Spayed female cats can no longer serve as the amorous attraction for the hearts and minds of the toms, thus causing a lowering of hostilities during breeding seasons.  Outdoor cats should receive the standard 4 in1 shot for Feline Panleukopenia and respiratory diseases as well as vaccinations for Rabies and Feline Leukemia (FeLV).

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Dr. Baum will answer as many of your questions as possible.  For Your Pet's Health: Please contact your local vet if you feel your pet is having an emergency to insure getting attention in time to meet his/her needs.

*We never sell your private information, and post only with your permission, to help other visitors with similar questions. Please see privacy policy pertaining to CenterSinaiAnimalHospital.com and InasPawprints.com

If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles when you need a really good vet, you can call  to set up an appointment with Dr. Baum or another of the highly skilled staff at Center-Sinai Veterinary Hospital.  The number is 310-559-3770.

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