Kitten Wellness Plan
Kitten Wellness Plan
- Kittens can be checked for intestinal parasites/dewormed as early as 2 weeks of age. Not all intestinal parasites can be seen in the feces, so it is recommended to bring a stool sample to your veterinarian to be checked microscopically. A kitten wellness can be done at any age.
- 6-8 weeks of age- can receive first vaccination* for rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia psittaci. This is a combination vaccine against common feline upper respiratory viruses. A fecal check is recommended, if it hasn’t already been checked. Appropriate dewormer is given.
- 9-10 weeks of age- can receive second vaccination*, which is a booster of the first vaccine. Deworming repeated if necessary.
- 12 weeks- can receive third vaccination*, which includes the same components of the first and second vaccines, but also includes a feline leukemia component. You may see this vaccine referred to as the feline combo vaccine. Rabies vaccine can also be given at this age. Deworming repeated if necessary.
- 14-16 weeks- can receive fourth and final kitten vaccination*, which is a booster of the third vaccine. Needs to receive the Rabies vaccine, if it has not yet been given. Deworming or fecal check repeated if necessary.
- Flea and tick preventioncan be started as early as 7 weeks of age. Kittens can become infested with tapeworms if they ingest a single flea. Ticks harbor several debilitating and even deadly diseases that can be transmitted by a single bite. Always make sure to check product labels to assure that your kitten is old enough and the correct weight to receive the product. Never use a dog-only product on your cat, as these can be life-threatening.
- Your kitten can be spayed/neutered as early as 6 months of age. There are many health and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering your cat. In females, spaying before the first heat cycle decreases the chance of the development of mammary tumors later in life and prevents unwanted litters. In males, neutering before puberty can lessen the chance of unwanted behaviors such as marking, roaming, and male to male aggression.
* It is important that your kitten receives all 4 vaccinations within the recommended timelines to assure an appropriate immune response in the body. If they do not receive the vaccines at the appropriate ages, they will not be fully protected from those diseases. Also, a yearly booster of the Rabies vaccine and the feline combo vaccine is required for your cat to continue to be protected against these diseases.