Preventative Care for Kittens

What to bring to your kitten’s first exam:

  • Your kitten in a pet carrier
  • Any previous medical history (vaccines, deworming, etc.)
  • Fecal sample less than 24 hours old

Exams will involve:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Educational kitten kit and educational videos along with tips on kitten care and behavioral concerns (1st exam)
  • Recommendations on flea and tick control, along with heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
  • Necessary vaccine boosters
  • Testing for FeLV/FIV is highly recommended (FeLV, feline leukemia virus; FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus).
  • We recommend all kittens and new cats be tested for bartonella. Bartonella is the organism responsible for cat scratch disease in people.

Vaccination Schedule:

  • FVRCP vaccination (prevention of feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia).
  • Administered every 3 to 4 weeks until 12 weeks of age.
  • Cats over 12 weeks of age with an unknown vaccination status will be given 2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart. After the second booster, this vaccination provides protection for 1 year.
  • Rabies vaccine will be administered at 12 weeks of age or older and initially provides one year of protection.
  • Additional vaccines such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) will be discussed with you and given based on your kitten’s lifestyle and risk.

Kitten Care Resources:

At Oaklawn Animal Hospital, our goal is to provide new kitten parents with the tools and information they need to raise a happy, healthy and well-adjusted kitten. Start you new kitty off on the right paw and download the Oaklawn Animal Hospital New Kitten Guide and associated documents below:

Download the Full Oaklawn Animal Hospital New Kitten Guide Below

(Full document – 20 pages)


June 10, 2016