Health Care – Kittens

 

Congratulations on your new family addition!

Here are some guidelines to keep your kitten happy and healthy. We’re ready to take good care of you and your new kitten each step of the way. Please ask us if you have any questions about your kitten’s health and well-being.

Heather & Mr. Orange

Age 7 – 9 weeks

  • initial exam with one of our doctors.
  • first vaccine for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicvirus, & panleukopenia (FVRCP). We vaccinate according to professional guidelines and the key is to administer a booster every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is 16 weeks old.
  • initial fecal exam to test for intestinal worms and dispense deworming medication.
  • discuss flea control and prevention.
  • discuss dietary needs. A good quality kitten food is recommended for the first year of life.
  • feline leukemia virus (FeLV) testing.
  • discuss permanent identification (microchip).

12 – 13 weeks

  • second FVRCP vaccine.
  • first FeLV vaccine. This vaccine is strongly recommended for all cats that are not kept strictly indoors or that have the potential to come into contact with cats that go outdoors. Kittens more susceptible than adults so if there is any chance that your kitten may be at risk, this vaccine is strongly recommended.

16 – 17 weeks

  • third FVRCP vaccine. The next FVRCP vaccine will be due one year later at the annual exam.
  • second FeLV vaccine. The next FeLV vaccine will be due one year later at the annual exam. 5 months
  • first rabies vaccine with a doctor visit. The next rabies vaccine will be due one year later at the annual exam.
  • a Multnomah county license can be obtained at this time.

6 months

  • spay (females) or neuter (males). To make sure your kitten is healthy and safe during this surgery, we strongly recommend running pre-anesthetic bloodwork.

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Examination and vaccine reminders will be mailed to you after your initial visit.