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Kittens need a lot of the same things that babies need: training, attention, love. Like babies, kittens also need vaccinations and visits with a doctor. Taking your kitten to all the recommended wellness visits and getting your kitten all the necessary shots is an important part of helping your cat through its formative years. The care and attention your kitten receives now will have a big influence on your kitten’s future health and happiness.
Your kitten’s first trip to see the veterinarian will take place when he or she is about 8 weeks old. At that first exam, the vet will check your kitten for pre-existing conditions like feline leukemia. The vet will administer a worming medication if it’s necessary and will look inside your kitten’s mouth to check the teeth and gums.
Now is the time to ask the veterinarian any questions you may have regarding the care of your pet. Before your kitten leaves, the vet will administer the first of the FVRCP shot, which is one of the core vaccines that your baby cat must receive.
The second wellness visit will occur when your kitten is between 9 and 12 weeks of age. Your kitten will get the second FVRCP shot, and if the vet recommends it, the FeLV shot may be administered as well. There will be a lot of discussion your kitten’s care. Issues like how to take care of your kitten’s teeth and when the kitten will be spayed or neutered will probably be topics of conversation.
Your kitten’s third wellness visit will occur when he or she is about 12 to 16 weeks of age. Your kitten will get another FVRCP shot and a second FeLV shot (if the first shot was administered at the last visit). The vet will also schedule the final of your kitten’s wellness visits.
At 16-18 weeks of age, your kitten will have the final kitten wellness visit. The final wellness visit is an important one because that’s when your kitten will be given the rabies vaccine. The rabies vaccine is critical to the health and safety of your kitten and the general population. Like the RVRCP, the rabies shot is a core vaccine. This will be your kitten’s last wellness visit for a while. If you have any questions for the veterinarian, now is the time to ask.
These first four veterinary visits are very important. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your kitten gets the maximum level of care. If you’re a proud new pet owner with a kitten at home, now is the time to schedule the first wellness visit. For more information and to make an appointment contact St. Francis Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV at 702-675-8366. Our skilled and capable veterinarians provide the best quality care for pets young and old.
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Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!