Congratulations! We couldn’t be happier for you to find your new best friend. This is such an exciting time filled with learning new things about each other.
As your pet’s veterinarian, here are few details we think you should know to keep your new pet safe and healthy.
2 months old: Vet Exam and Vaccinations
First things FIRST! We want to meet your new kitten too! Bring him/her in for a New Kitten Exam – this is an appointment to introduce ourselves and learn more about your new kitten. We will examine head to tail to make sure he/she is healthy and happy as well as give 8-week-old vaccinations (1st FVRCP) and fecal examination. At this stage your kitten is learning physical coordination, learning how to play, and beginning to be interested in socializing. Be patient, loving, and kind while your new kitten is exploring their new environment.
3 months old: Pre-Vaccination Exam, Vaccination, and Bonding
Why a pre-vaccination exam before vaccinations? My pet is fine, right?
Animals have hardwired instincts to hide illness, so it takes an experienced veterinarian to confirm the pet is healthy enough to receive a vaccine. If they are not healthy enough, the vaccine may be delayed until they are ready. Vaccines are given to keep the pet safe, other pets safe and society as whole so it’s our job to make sure everyone is protected.
At three months, a 2nd FVRCP vaccine is given. This is the height of bonding for you and your new kitten so take the time to enjoy lots of play time and snuggles.
4 months old: Pre-vaccination Exam and Vaccinations
Pre-Vaccination Exam, 3rd FVRCP Vaccination & Rabies vaccines are given.
5 months old
Optional Feline Leukemia Vaccine
If you and your veterinarian decide that Feline Leukemia is a good option for your kitten 1st round at 18 weeks and 2nd round at 21 weeks.
Helpful litter box hints:
- Provide a spacious litter box with plenty of room to move around inside the box.
- Make sure the litter box sides are low enough for your kitten to easily enter.
- Show your new kitten the litter box location frequently while house training.
- There should generally be two litter boxes per cat in the house and at least one litter box on each level of the house.
- Choose quiet and private locations for litter boxes. Cats like privacy to eliminate.
- Clean the litter box frequently.
- Use unscented litter.