Preventative Care Kittens

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 one 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 your 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)


Individual New Kitten Guide Documents

Guide To Your New Kitten

Comfortable Vet Visits

Feline Vaccines

Feline Vaccine Schedule

Post-Vaccination Information

Parasites: Risk And Prevention

Zoonotic Diseases Of Cats

Spaying And Neutering Your Kitten

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Trimming Your Cat’s Nails

Teaching Children And Adults To Play With Kittens

Choosing A Pet Insurance Provider

Other Helpful Resources

AAHA: Caring For Cats And Kittens

WSAVA: Body Condition Score 

WSAVA: Selecting Pet Foods

WSAVA: Researching Pet Nutrition