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Kitten Care Recommendations

Vaccinations:
Kitten Vaccine series protects against Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus. This is a 3-way vaccine(RCP) given every 3 weeks starting at age 6-7 weeks or at initial kitten exam. It is important to give the last RCP vaccination at 16 weeks to be sure the kitten is protected the 1st year of life.

VACCINATIONS:

  • Feline Panleukopenia or Distemper (FP)—caused by a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus causing high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus (RC)—causes chronic upper respiratory illness.
  • Purevax-nonadjuvented 1 year rabies vaccine—a fatal viral disease that can infect cats and humans.
  • Feline Leukemia —the most commonly diagnosed feline cancer and is the cause of about one-third of all cancer deaths among cats.

Rabies vaccination is usually given with the last FVRCP or at between 14-16 weeks of age and is repeated once yearly.

Leukemia Virus / FIV test can be performed as early as 6 weeks and vaccinations are given at 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks.

Optional Vaccinations - given yearly: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).


PARASITES:
Fecal exam checks for intestinal parasites such as round worms. During the kitten vaccine series we recommend two negative exams, three to nine weeks apart. Indoor Cats should have a fecal sample tested once yearly. Outdoor cats are often tested twice yearly.

Heartworms are a blood parasite transmitted by an infected mosquito. Both indoor and outdoor cats are susceptible to heartworms, often with devastating consequences. Heartworms infest the hearts and lungs of infected cats and eventually may lead to heart failure and death. We recommend heartworm preventative be given year round. Revolution is often the easiest product to apply and also controls fleas.


SPAYING and NEUTERING:
Recommended at 6 months of age for most cats.


MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION for lost cat recovery:
We strongly urge you to obtain an i.d. tag to be attached to your cat’s collar. We also offer more permanent identification with the Avid Microchip. A chip is the size of a grain of rice is injected underneath the skin for scanning identification. At this point it is very important for the owner to send an application with the ID number to the national avid chip registry. If a pet is lost and brought to a shelter or veterinarian, a special microchip scanner is used to identify the pet. After accessing the national identification database, Avid will call the owner with the location of their lost pet.


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