New Kitten

 
 

New Kitten

Congrats on your new kitten! Here are some guidelines for veterinary care for the next few months

1) Vaccines: Please schedule appointments for vaccines using the following schedule:

You should have an initial visit when you first obtain your kitten that includes a full physical exam, FVRCP vaccine (if old enough and if due for one), and deworming, as well as FeLV/FIV blood testing (if not already performed). Booster vaccine visits are then scheduled at 12 and 16 weeks of age. We recommend FVRCP vaccines starting as early as 6-8 weeks of age, and then boostered every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is at least 16 weeks old. The Rabies vaccine is usually given at the 16 week visit.

If your kitten will be outside we also recommend a series of two feline leukemia vaccines. These vaccines may be started at 12 weeks of age and will need one booster within 3-4 weeks.

2) Diet: It is important that your kitten be fed a diet specific for kittens or all life stages. We recommend all cats be fed some canned food on a regular basis as canned food has increased water content which helps prevent kidney and bladder disease in cats.

3) Please start monthly flea/tick prevention (Revolution is recommended). These should be applied every 30 days year round.

4) Spay/neuter: We recommend spaying and neutering at 5-6 months of age. At this time, we also recommend placing a microchip as well.

5) Socialization: It is important that your kitten be exposed to things they will see in the future at a young age. We recommend getting them used to being handling/held, having their nails clipped, being in a cat carrier, or any other things you would like for them to accept easily in the future. Please use rewards (treats, toys) to make these pleasant experiences for your kitten.