kittenThere are a number of health concerns with new kittens. Be sure you feed your kitten food formulated for kittens for their first full year. Do not expose your kitten to other cats, including your own cats, until you have had the kitten tested for feline leukemia. All kittens should also be checked for worms at least once. And we often recommend testing them twice. Bring a fecal sample to your vaccination appointments for a quick test for parasites. Fecal samples should be less than two hours old or refrigerated.

If you are not planning on breeding your kitten you should plan to have him or her spayed or neutered at about five to six months of age. Remember that it is best NOT to spay your kitten while she is in heat. Neutering a male at an early age reduce or eliminate marking, aggressiveness and running away.

PRCP: 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 1 year

Rabies: 16 weeks, 1 year

Feline Leukemia**: 8 weeks, 12 weeks

**If your kitten is going to be going outside you need to discuss with your veterinarian whether it should be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia and set up an appropriate worming schedule. Cats, though less susceptible than dogs, can contract heartworms as well. If your cat is outdoors during mosquito season, you may want to consider heartworm treatment as well. Since 1972 we have had one diagnosed case of heartworms in a cat.  The PRCP covers Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopnia and Chlamydia Psittaci. It can be given as early as six weeks, with boosters given four weeks and eight weeks after.