Congratulations on adopting your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help you protect and care for the new addition to your family.
Our kitten wellness program is designed to help get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat. In addition to medical care we will provide you with valuable information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behavior.
It is important to schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. A thorough physical examination can identify hereditary or acquired conditions which can adversely impact your kitten’s health. Many of these conditions can be treated successfully if addressed early. In addition, it is critical to test for infectious diseases including feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and intestinal parasites that your kitten may have contracted from its mother.
Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will give your kitten vaccines to help protect it from diseases including against rabies and FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia). Rhinotracheitis and calici are upper respiratory viruses that typically cause fever, sneezing, runny nose and eyes and can be fatal in young kittens. Panleukopenia is an intestinal virus that can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Depending on your cat’s risk, we may also advise vaccinating him or her against other diseases, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV).
Another important part of your kitten’s examination is a fecal test for intestinal parasites. These parasites include hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, giardia, and coccidia and are common in young cats. In addition to causing illness in your kitten, some of these parasites are zoonotic, which means that they can be transmitted to people. So to protect your kitten and keep your entire family safe, your pet will be tested and treated for common intestinal parasites.
We will also discuss and recommend various medications to prevent your kitten from becoming infected with heartworm disease, intestinal parasites and fleas. Most people are aware of heartworm disease in dogs, but cats can also be infected with heartworms. Fortunately, there are several heartworm preventions available for use in cats.
We look forward to meeting your new kitten! Please call today to schedule an appointment for a full wellness examination for your new family member.