Now is the time to sign your cat up for pet health insurance! This coverage is significantly less expensive if you obtain it early in your kitten’s life and will help cover many major veterinary expenses that occur when she’s older.
Starting at 8 weeks of age, we’ll check for congenital issues, soundness of body and signs of infectious issues. Please bring a fresh (within 24 hours) fecal sample in a labeled and sealed plastic bag so we can screen for internal parasites. We’ll also do the first round of deworming.
Vaccinating Your Kitten
Vaccines are an important part of your kitten’s overall health. They protect your pet and others against infectious diseases.
FVRCP: Kittens should receive their first FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) vaccines at 8 weeks of age, then every 21 to 28 days until they’re 16 weeks of age. Booster shot again at 1 year after last kitten vaccine.
Feline Leukemia (FeLV): All kittens should receive this vaccine starting at 12 weeks of age after a FeLV/FIV test; 2 boosters are given at 21- to 28- day intervals. Booster shot again at 1 year of age.
To help ensure the best possible immunity to these diseases, it is important that your kitten receive vaccine boosters within the recommended 3-4 weeks. If the vaccine is not bolstered within the recommended time, we may need to restart the vaccine series.
Rabies: First rabies vaccine is given at or after 12 weeks of age
This small transmitter is your pet’s ticket home if she becomes lost. Insertion usually causes very little pain; however, many pet parents opt to have this done while their pet is anesthetized for spay/neuter surgery.
While cats have a phenomenal ability for find their way home, that navigation instinct doesn’t kick in until they are at least six months old. In fact, it’s better to leash train your kitten or try building a catio so she stays safe from outside predators and traffic.
Spaying or neutering your cat has health benefits, in addition to helping with pet overpopulation. Spaying your female kitten before her first heat offers the best protection from uterine infections and breast tumors. Most female cats will go into heat by 6 months of age, so it’s a good idea to spay them at around 5 months. Neutering your male pet at approximately 6 months helps prevent testicular cancer and certain prostate problems.