We make sure we allow ample time to spend with you and your kitten during your first visit. We like to discuss nutrition, vaccinations, parasite control, pet insurance etc. at this time. We will give your kitten a complete physical examination to make sure that it is healthy and has no congenital abnormalities.
Because kittens do not have fully developed immune systems they need a series of vaccinations to get good protection. We generally vaccinate at 8,12, and 16 weeks of age. Kittens are vaccinated for a variety of viral diseases including calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and panleukopenia (distemper). They are also given a rabies vaccination at 12-16 weeks of age. Some kittens are at risk of contracting feline leukemia and should also be vaccinated for this.
Kittens can acquire worms from their mother before they are born. Kittens are never to young to be carrying worms and are dewormed during their first two visits.
Kittens are spayed or neutered at 6 months of age as doing before this age has been shown to affect bone growth.