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New Kitten Information


Congratulations on your new cat.

 

At the Veterinarian:

Vaccinations:  Commonly weeks 8, 12, and 16

  1. Distemper (panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and Chlamydia) needs to be given every 3-4 weeks until they are at least 14 weeks old or at least 1 booster if older than 14 weeks.  This is boostered at 1 year, repeated 2 years later, then every 3 years.
  2. Rabies is required by law, but they need to be at least 12 weeks old to get it. This is boostered at 1 year, then repeated either yearly or every three years.
  3. Feline leukemia is recommended for any cat that goes outdoors or you may later let outdoors.   Following a negative test for Feline Leukemia the vaccine is given as 2 vaccines 3-4 weeks apart, and is boostered annually.  We currently proudly offer a new adjuvant-free leukemia vaccination in order to minimize the risk of injection-site sarcoma.

Testing:

  1. Feline Leukemia and FIV testing is recommended for any adopted cat or new kitten.  This involves drawing a small amount of blood which is then tested in-house with same-day results.
  2. We recommend deworming your kitten at the same time of the vaccines.  We also want to do a fecal analysis with the first and last vaccines to ensure they do not have intestinal parasites or worms, since no dewormer gets everything, then at each annual visit.

 

A spay/ neuter surgery can be done as young as 4 months and we recommend getting it done before 6 months of age. Declawing, only if necessary, can be done at the same time. 

 

Fleas: We recommend Vectra year round or minimally from June to November.  Beware of over-the-counter flea medication, some can be poisonous and most don’t work (especially flea collars).  NEVER put a dog flea product on a cat.  They are often toxic and can be fatal.  DO NOT split dog doses for a cat.

 

For outdoor or an indoor/ outdoor cat, microchip identification is available and can help identify them if they become lost or stolen.

 

At Home:

NEVER give a cat Tylenol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen, aspirin or dog flea control products.  All of these can be deadly.

 

Regular nail trims can help minimize damage to furniture (and to people).

 

Daily brushing will limit shedding, minimize matting, and help prevent hairballs.

 

Now is the time to start brushing your kitten’s teeth to prevent tartar build up and improve oral health.

 

Male cats are at risk of a urinary blockage (obstruction) if they get a urinary tract infection.  Once he’s an adult, if your male cat ever strains in the litter box without producing any urine and seems uncomfortable, please give us a call immediately.  This can be a life-threatening emergency.

 

Please feel free to call our office for advice or suggestions on proper care of your kitten.  We want to help ensure a life-long happy relationship with your new cat.