Kitten Wellness

catCongratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing Veterinary Associates to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.

Exceptional care during kittenhood provides the foundation for good health throughout your cat’s life.  We recommend bringing your kitten in for an evaluation as soon as possible, to screen for infectious diseases or other illnesses.  Depending upon your kitten’s history, we may recommend blood testing for viral diseases which can affect your kitten’s immediate and life-long health.

At approximately 3 and 4 months of age, we will vaccinate your kitten against feline panleukopenia (also known as feline distemper), and upper respiratory infections, including feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and chlamydia.  The first vaccination for rabies virus will be given at 4 months of age. If your kitten will be going outdoors, or will exposed to other cats that go outdoors, we may also recommend vaccinating against feline leukemia. Until your kitten has received the full series of vaccinations, he or she will be susceptible to these preventable infections.

At each kitten visit, we will give a dewormer for intestinal parasites like roundworms and hookworms.  Kittens may acquire these parasites before birth, during nursing, or from their environment.  These worms can be transmitted to humans, where they may migrate into the skin, or even into the eyes, resulting in blindness.  Appropriate parasite control for your new kitten can help to keep your whole family safe.

We look forward to meeting your new kitten!