Kitten Care

 

 

VACCINATIONS:
An adult cat should be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV). At 12 weeks of age, the kitten receives a Rabies vaccine (RV) which is good for one year.

FELINE LEUKEMIA/FELINE IMMUNODEFFICIENCY TESTING:
This test is done on the cat's first visit to find Feline Leukemia virus or Feline Immunosuppression virus (FIV) carriers. 

FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS (FIP):
This is a serious viral disease of cats. While cats of all ages are susceptible, kittens and elderly cats are most likely to become infected. The virus spreads from cat to cat via feces, urine or oral and nasal secretions, and is either inhaled or ingested. Kittens that live in a multi-cat household or that go outside are at highest risk of infection. 

PARASITE CHECKS:
A stool sample is checked on the cat's first visit to insure there are no Hookworms, Roundworms or other intestinal parasites. Tapeworms in cats may not be identified on this exam, however, so it is important to report any worms seen to the veterinary hospital. 

FELINE HEARTWORM:
This infection has been found in cats. A monthly preventative is now available. Please ask us for more information.

NUTRITION:
We recommend that kittens should be fed a high quality diet. 

TOOTH CARE:
Light brushing or application of a tartar control paste or liquid should be started to avoid tooth loss and dental disease.  Dental chews are also available as an alternative to brushing.

SPAYING AND NEUTERING:
Spaying the female and neutering the male should be done at 6 months of age.