Your new kitten should visit our veterinarians as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. Your pet’s first visit should include:
- A thorough physical exam.
- External parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, ear mites) exam and treatment or prevention.
- Internal parasites (heartworm, tapeworm, roundworm, etc.) screening: Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe.
- Vaccinations: 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 infectious peritonitis (FIP).
- Discussions about spaying or neutering
- Recommendations for your pet’s proper diet, exercise, and socialization routines
- Assistance with any behavior issues your kitten may have including litter box training.
- Dental health consultation and demonstration of the proper way to brush your animal’s teeth
- Tips on how to pet proof your house to avoid accidents and injuries
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.
We look forward to meeting your new kitten! Schedule your appointment today.