At the Cat Care Clinic, each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.
Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your kitten’s first year.
- Physical Exams: Your kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines. We usually recommend our feline distemper vaccine at the first visit, a distemper booster and first leukemia vaccine 3-4 weeks later, and a distemper booster, a leukemia booster, and Rabies vaccine 3-4 weeks after the second visit.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV or Feline AIDS) at their first visit if not done previously.
- Spay/Neuter: We recommend all cats not used for breeding purposes be spayed or neutered before sexually mature.
- Microchipping: Microchip placement will help identify your cat in case they are lost and taken to another clinic or shelter. All veterinary clinics and shelters have universal microchip scanners that can help locate you and bring your cat back home. We use HomeAgain microchips.