Congratulations on your New Kitten!
A new kitten in the house is always exciting and very fun! Your Brinker Veterinary team will help you make the most out of your new pet’s kitten-hood and help to assure you a long, healthy future with your furry feline!
For the first few months we will see you and kitty every 3-4 weeks. This will allow us to give vaccine boosters, needed medications, and keep track of kitty’s weight and behavior.
8 – 10 Weeks of Age
Physical Exam – Included with every vaccine and Feline Leukemia check. We will check your kitten out from Whiskers to Tail Tip for any abnormalities or potential future concerns.
1st DRC – Initially a series of 3 vaccines, then annual boosters. This vaccine protects your kitten against the following diseases:
- Distemper — Feline panleukopenia, a very contagious disease that can destroy a cat’s bone marrow and its ability to produce red and white blood cells.
- Rhinotracheitus – A contagious respiratory disease.
- Calicivirus – A viral disease that causes chronic and acute problems in cats including respiratory problems and oral ulcerations.
Fecal (stool) Exam — Please bring in a fresh stool sample so that we can check for intestinal parasites. Results are generally available the next day. Because many kittens have intestinal worms, your doctor may choose to use a routine de-worming medication regardless of results of initial fecal exam.
Flea Prevention – Start if appropriate.
Heartworm Prevention — Some people choose to keep their cats on heartworm prevention and some do not.
- The prevalence of heartworm disease is lower than it is in dogs.
- Heartworms do not replicate inside the cat as they do in the dog. For this reason we do not need to annually test cats for heartworm disease. They can be put on heartworm preventative at any time.
- Heartworm disease is lethal in cats.
- Indoor and Outdoor cats may be at risk for Heartworm Disease since mosquitoes can be found anywhere.
- As in the dog, there are several choices for heartworm prevention, your doctor can discuss these with you further.
12 – 14 Weeks of Age
Physical Exam – Your kitten is starting to gain weight and learning to jump up high. Be careful! Have you started brushing kitty’s teeth yet?
Feline Leukemia Test – We recommend testing all kittens for Feline Leukemia at 12 weeks of age, when they are adopted into a new home, before the initial vaccine, when they are sick, etc. We only need a small amount of blood for the test and we will have the results in about 15 minutes. Please see the section on Feline Leukemia for more information about the disease and the test. This information is also online at www.brinkervet.com in the kitten section.
Rabies — The initial Rabies vaccine, and booster are approved for 1 year. Rabies is a viral disease of the nervous system. It is spread through saliva (bite wounds) and is Always Fatal. This disease is also Contagious to Humans.
- Rabies is not a state law required vaccination for cats
- It is strongly recommended for any cat but especially those who go outside or comes into contact with other cats, dogs, raccoons, skunks, bats, etc.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine – A contagious disease that is linked to a wide variety of serious diseases in cats. There is no cure for Feline Leukemia. It is spread through nose-to-nose contact and can be spread through a screen door or window.
- Initial Series of 2 vaccines
- Then boosted every 1 or 3 years
- Recommended in cats that go outside or are in contact with other cats that may go outside.
Fecal Exam and/or Dewormer – We ask that you bring a fresh stool sample in at least once per year to check for intestinal parasites.
· If you cat hunts it is advisable to check a stool sample or give de-wormer several times per year.
Flea Prevention –Next dose if appropriate.
Heartworm Preventative – If requested
Physical Exam – Your kitten is starting to gain weight and learning to jump up high. Be careful! Have you started brushing kitty’s teeth?
16 – 20 Weeks of Age
Physical Exam – Your kitten may be exploring things that are dangerous to play with. Never allow your kitten to play with or swallow string or thread!
3rd DRC – This final vaccine booster is good for 1 year
2nd Feline Leukemia – This final vaccine booster is good for 1 year
Flea/Heartworm Prevention Fecal Exam and/or Dewormer
Spay or Neuter Time!
We perform these surgeries Monday through Friday on kittens 4 months of age and older. We ask that you drop your kitten off in the morning between 8:15 and 9:00 am. We will call you after surgery and your doctor will decide when to send your pet home.
Physical Exam – Your kitten is almost a cat now! Make sure (s)he gets plenty of exercise and you may want to start switching them to an adult food.
Flouride Treatment – While under anesthesia we recommend a Flouride Treatment be applied to your kitten’s teeth. This can give your kitty’s dental health a jump start!
Declaw Surgery – If you choose to have your kitten declawed we recommend that this be done at the same time as their spay or neuter, and be done when the cat is still young and not overweight. Less anesthesia for them and less costly for you!
- We perform declaws on Monday and Tuesday only. Your kitten will need to stay in the hospital for several days after the procedure. Keeping them quiet will promote healing and decrease post-operative pain.
- Our surgeons use the latest and best surgical techniques and pain control for declaws. Ask your veterinarian for more information.
Microchip Identification – This is a microchip about the size of a grain of rice. It will be implanted under the skin between your kitten’s shoulders. If your cat is lost and brought to a clinic or humane society, they will scan for the microchip. Your cat’s microchip number is linked in a computer database with the Home Again company to your name and phone numbers. Please Don’t Forget To Register With The Company!
Fecal Exam or Dewormer –We ask that you bring a fresh stool sample in at least once per year to check for intestinal parasites. If your cat hunts it is advisable to check a stool sample or give de-wormer several times per year.
For information on Feline Leukemia and FIV Testing, please click the following link:
Feline Leukemia and FIV
For information on Flea and Tick Prevention and Control, please click the following link:
Flea and Tick Prevention
For Information on Intestinal Parasites of Dogs and Cats, please click here:
Intestinal Parasites of Dogs and Cats