Give your new pet the best start in life.
Although every kitten will need routine veterinary care during their first year, each of them will require an individualized plan. Let’s work together to determine how we can give your new furry friend the best start in life possible.
What should my kitten's first year look like?
During their first year, your kitten will require regular visits with their veterinarian. These visits will include physical exams, vaccinations, and diagnostic testing – all of which allow us to keep tabs on your pet’s health as they grow and develop.
- Physical Exams
A lifetime of wellness starts with your kitten's very first physical exam. Unlike adult cats, kittens will need several exams during their first 4 months of life. At each of those exams, your cat will receive important vaccines and assessments of their overall health.
Because the immune system is still developing, kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. We tailor our vaccine recommendations based on your pet’s individual lifestyle using guidelines established by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
- Diagnostic Testing
Kittens should be tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) during their first visit, as long as they are large enough for a blood draw. Kittens should also have fecal testing and deworming performed to check for intestinal parasites, and a pre-anesthetic blood panel run at the time of their spay or neuter.
In addition to examining your new kitten and providing them with the appropriate vaccines and diagnostics, your veterinarian will discuss nutrition, scratching and play behavior.
Call us at (614) 486-7877 to schedule your kitten's first physical exam.