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Your Kitten's Veterinary Visits: The First Year

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Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid kitten food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian.

Kittens should receive their first series of vaccinations when they're six weeks old. If you adopt a kitten from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, ask for the kitten's medical records. The kitten should have been to veterinarian at least once. Your kitten will need to visit the veterinarian several times during its first year and once a year after it's a year old, unless there is a problem.

Kittens ingest antibodies from their mother's milk that protect them against disease. Once they start to eat solid food, however, they need vaccinations from the veterinarian.

Kittens should receive their first series of vaccinations when they're six weeks old. If you adopt a kitten from a shelter or buy one from a breeder, ask for the kitten's medical records. The kitten should have been to veterinarian at least once. Your kitten will need to visit the veterinarian several times during its first year and once a year after it's a year old, unless there is a problem.

Your veterinarian will determine what vaccinations your kitten receives. He or she will consider such factors as your geographical location, whether your kitten is allowed outdoors, and whether it lives in a multi cat household.

In addition to vaccinations, your kitten should be tested for feline leukemia (FeLV), a highly contagious, life-threatening virus. Don't expose your kitten to any other cats unless they've been tested for FeLV.

The following is a sample veterinary schedule for a kitten's first year.

First Visit (6 to 8 weeks)
Fecal exam for parasites
Blood test for feline leukemia
Vaccinations for rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, panleukopenia, and
chlamydia
Discuss nutrition and grooming

Second Visit (12 weeks)
Examination and external check for parasites
Second vaccination for rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and panleukopenia
First leukemia vaccine

Third Visit
Second leukemia
Rabies vaccine

Six Months
Spay or neuter
 

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