Wellness for Kittens
A new kitten is an exciting time. It is also the perfect time to start your new family member off on the right paw. It is important that your kitten be seen by your veterinarian as early as possible.
During the kitten visits, the general health of your new addition is evaluated by your veterinarian, the first set of vaccinations are administered, a fecal (stool) sample is screened for intestinal parasites, and your kitten is dewormed.
In order to establish proper immunity to many common diseases, some of which may be life-threatening, it is vital that kittens receive at least two sets of vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart, and that the final booster be given after 15 weeks of age.
For kittens, we recommend the upper respiratory(“distemper”) combination at the first visit, and every 3-4 weeks thereafter, until the kitten is at least 15 weeks old. If the kitten will be allowed outdoors, the feline leukemia vaccination is given at approximately 12 weeks of age, and again at 15-16 weeks of age. Kittens also receive the Rabies vaccination at 15-16 weeks of age.
Nearly all kittens are born with intestinal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to people. At the kitten visits, a fecal sample is screened for the presence of intestinal parasites. A broad-spectrum dewormer is administered to rid your kitten of the most commonly seen intestinal parasites.
Your veterinarian will also help you determine the best protocol to protect against other common parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworms. We recommend all animals receive monthly heartworm preventative year-round, and flea/tick preventative form March through October.
We realize that even experienced pet owners may have many questions about their new kitten. Your veterinarian will be happy to discuss behavior modification, introduction of your kitten to other pets, nutrition and any other questions that may arise.