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Kitten Care

Congratulations on your new kitten! We know it is an exciting time when you get to add on to your family and we are here to help keep your new addition happy and healthy!

Whether you are adopting or purchasing from a breeder make sure to get your new kitten in to be seen by a vet right away so we can make sure to get them started on their vaccine boosters and prevention to keep them on the right track.

Kittens will begin getting vaccines at 8 weeks of age and those vaccines will need to be boosted every 4  weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Newborn animals receive antibodies from their mother to help protect them while their immune system is being built. These antibodies will begin to disappear between 8 and 16 weeks, leaving the animal open to disease. By 16 weeks the animal will have a fully developed immune system and can be given their final vaccines that will last them a year.

 

Kitten Protocol


8 weeks old:

  • New kitten wellness exam
  • Intestinal parasite exam 
  • FVRCP (rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia) booster
  • FeLV/FIV test
  • Deworming
  • Start flea and intestinal parasite control as soon as possible


12 weeks old:

  • Wellness exam
  • FVRCP booster
  • FeLV booster
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Deworming


16 weeks old:

  • Wellness exam
  • FVRCP booster
  • FeLV booster
  • Rabies
  • Intestinal parasite exam
  • Deworming


4-6 months old:

  • Wellness exam
  • Spay or neuter surgery



Spay and Neuter information

Now that your kitten has finished their round of kitten vaccines it is time to get them fixed. If you are planning on getting them fixed, doing it while they are young is in their best interest. The recommended age is between 4-6 months.

There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pets, the most significant being the advantage of a longer and healthier life. Altered dogs and cats enjoy an increase in lifespan and have a reduced risk of mammary gland tumors and cancer, prostate cancer; perianal tumors; pyometra; and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.