So, you’ve got this tiny little playful treasure who jumps, climbs and seems to run at the speed of lightening? Welcome to the world of kittens! At Robinson Animal Hospital we simply adore kittens and want to get you off to the very best start with yours.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behavior.
Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new pet is protected against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.
Kitten Wellness Schedule
6 weeks – Distemper, Bordetella
9 weeks – Distemper Combo/Leukemia
12 weeks – Distemper Combo/Leukemia
15 weeks – Distemper/Rabies/Leukemia
Your kitten is checked and treated for intestinal parasites at the first two visits. The third visit procedure will vary depending on the situation.
The Association of Feline Practitioners recommends year round heartwork prevention. Recent medical discoveries support this recommendation. We highly recommend this practice.
All new kittens need testing for leukemia/FIV.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feling Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are two of the most common diseases afflicting the cat population. These viruses are highly contagious among cats and can cause many symptoms, as well as death.
Spaying or Neutering
Spaying or neutering is recommended at five months of age.
If you wish to for your kitten’s claws to be surgically removed, this is best performed when he or she is approximately 12 weeks of age.