New Kitten? Congratulations!
We look forward to meeting your new kitten! And we thank you for considering us to be your kitten’s trusted veterinarian.
Please schedule your kitten for his or her first kitten appointment as soon as possible. That way we can make sure your kitten is healthy and start your kitten on the appropriate vaccines and wellness schedule. Your kitten will need to be vaccinated against serious diseases at around age two months, three months and four months. Your investment in good basic kitten care may reward you with the companionship and affection of a healthy cat for fifteen years or more.
What to Expect During Your Kitten’s First Wellness Exam
During your kitten’s first exam, we will examine your kitten to be sure he or she is in good health. We will answer all your questions about caring for your kitten, including the proper food to feed your kitten, behavior and house training issues, or other health topics concerning you. Be sure to ask your breeder or shelter about the food your kitten was eating and keep your kitten on the same food until we visit with you.
On our first visit, we will need to see all health records, vaccination records or other paperwork given to you when you received your kitten and a stool (poop!) sample.
Your kitten’s first wellness exam will include:
- A complete physical exam
- A visual dental exam
- Kitten vaccinations or boosters as needed
- Flea/tick control as needed
- Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and deworming if needed
- Microchipping discussion
- Spay/neuter discussion and recommendations. We recommend all non-breeding kittens be spayed or neutered
- Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (PIV) if recommended for you and your kitten’s health.
Please call us immediately if your kitten is exhibiting any of these symptoms.
- Mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, seizures, or fever
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
- Unconsciousness or lethargy
- Staggering or seizures
- Blood in urine or feces
- Pooping more than twice in an hour
- Straining in the litter box with no results
- Repeat vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting
- Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to move his/her body normally