During each visit we will perform a comprehensive physical examination to check your kitten's mouth, teeth, eyes, ears, skin, heart, lungs, and abdomen. A fecal exam for intestinal parasites and an FeLV/FIV test should also be performed at this time. We will also discuss diet, and any potential behavior issues, dental care and many other things during these visits. This a crucial time in your new kitten’s life, as this is the time when any developmental abnormalities can be detected, immunizations and deworming can be completed, and we can head off any unwanted behavior.
Vaccinations are an inexpensive way to protect your pet against costly treatment or premature death. Many feline diseases can now be prevented through vaccinations. Even if always kept indoors, your cat can be exposed to viruses and bacteria carried in the air, dust, or on clothing. Kittens require a series of vaccines starting at 8 weeks of age and given 3-4 weeks apart until 14-16 weeks of age. Boosters are then needed to maintain immunity every 1-3 years. The vaccines that we offer for felines are Rabies, DRCC combo (Feline Panleukopenia or Feline Distemper, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Chlamydia), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) (if at risk).
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is shed in the saliva and transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. ALL cats should be vaccinated, as this disease can be transmitted to people and can lead to death.
Feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is an extremely contagious viral disease that causes fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and collapse. This disease is often fatal especially in kittens.
Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calici viruses cause upper respiratory problems in cats characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, nasal discharge and eye inflammation. These viruses are very common among unvaccinated cats. Kittens, immune compromised and older cats are at increased risk of complications associated with these viruses.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that causes painful inflammation/swelling of the eyelids, severe discharge from the eyes, as well as sneezing, fever, loss of appetite and nasal discharge
Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a widespread virus that attacks and weakens a cat’s immune system. As a result of the weakened immune system, cats are more susceptible to illness and often die within a few years of becoming infected with FeLV. Cats that spend any time outdoors or in catteries are at increased risk of being infected. All cats should be tested prior to receiving the vaccine.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow acting virus and an infected cat may not show signs for years. It is transmitted through bite wounds by other infected cats or to a kitten from it’s mother. The cat’s immune system is weakened and makes the cat susceptible to secondary infections. It is in the same retrovirus family as feline leukemia but they are separate diseases.