Preparing for your Kitten's First Visit to the VeterinarianPosted 8/3/2014 Keep your new kitten quarantined from your other cats and their personal items until she’s fully examined by a veterinarian, ideally within 24 to 72 hours of bringing her home for optimal kitten care.
What should you ask your veterinarian about kitten care?
If you don’t already have a veterinarian, you can reach out to family and friends for local referrals. It’s important you find a professional you are comfortable with to see your new kitten, ideally within the first 72 hours.
- Make sure the office and emergency hours fit your needs.
- Ask about vaccinations, purpose, and associated cost.
- Ask what else you can expect during your kitten’s first visit and how much it will cost.
- Which food to use, how often to feed, and portion sizes
- Options for controlling parasites
- Signs of illness
- Timing for boosters or vaccinations needed
- Spaying, neutering and declawing
What should you bring to your kitten’s first veterinarian visit?It’s important to place your kitten in a carrier crate secured to the seat or floor of your vehicle. Don’t forget to bring these items:
- Any previous health or vaccination records
- A stool sample
- A list of questions
During the exam:Your kitten’s first veterinarian visit will include several tests as well as a thorough physical exam.
Physical will likely include:
- Taking her temperature
- Listening to her heart
- Palpating her organs
- Testing her muscles and joints for mobility
- Checking the condition of her coat and combing for fleas
- Checking her ears for infection and ear mites
- Checking her eyes
- Your kitten’s stool sample will be put through a fecal float to detect hookworms, roundworms and/or tapeworms. Kittens from shelters often have worms, which can be treated with an injected or oral medication.
- Your veterinarian may test for Giardia or Haemobartonella.
- At 9 weeks or sometimes earlier, your veterinarian will test for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
- If your kitten is 9 weeks or older, she will get the FRCP (3-way) vaccine for feline calicivirus, herpesvirus and feline panleukopenia.
- Your kitten may get a Rabies vaccine, depending on her age.
TIPS TO TAKE AWAY
- Bring your kitten to the veterinarian within 24-72 hours of bringing her home.
- Be sure to bring your kitten to the veterinarian in a secured crate.
- When you get home, reward her with extra playtime for being brave during her first phase of proper kitten care.