Congratulations on the newest member of your family, a kitten!
Bringing Your Kitten Home
Welcoming a new kitten into your home is such a heartwarming adventure, full of the promise of happiness and friendship. To kick off this wonderful journey right, making sure your new feline buddy stays healthy is key. One of the first things to do as a responsible pet owner is booking their very first vet visit. This important appointment covers a thorough health check, vaccinations, keeping pesky parasites at bay, and a general overview of how your kitten’s doing.
Early veterinary care not only establishes a baseline for their health but also sets the stage for a lifetime of well-monitored and happy companionship. In this introduction to your new kitten’s life, prioritizing their veterinary care is a fundamental step toward ensuring a healthy, thriving, and deeply cherished feline family member.
Kitten Visit and Vaccine Protocol at Big Creek Animal Hospital
For the first couple months in life, kittens are protected from disease by antibodies they received through their mother’s milk. Over time, this protection fades, and they need vaccines in order to continue being protected.
Vaccines stimulate the kitten’s own immune system to recognize and fend off certain diseases, but it takes multiple vaccines, or “boosters”, to get them fully protected. In general, kittens need three shots, 3-4 weeks apart with the last vaccine given no younger than 16 weeks. Ideally, the first set of vaccines start at 6 to 8 weeks or immediately upon acquisition.
1st Kitten Visit – 6 to 8 weeks of age
- FIV/Feline Leukemia combo test
- FVRCP #1
- Physical Exam
- Revolution Plus (8 weeks or older)
2nd Kitten Visit – 3-4 weeks after first visit
- FVRCP #2
- 2nd Dose of Revolution Plus
3rd Kitten Visit – 3-4 weeks after second visit
- FVRCP #3
- FeLV #1 (outdoor cats)
- Office Exam
- 3rd dose of Revolution Plus
4th Kitten Visit – 3-4 weeks after third visit
- Office Exam
Ask us about parasite prevention at your next appointment. Kittens must be over 5 pounds to receive prevention.
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