Kitten Care

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As soon as your kitten joins your household, schedule his or her first visit to Upper Oakville Animal Hospital. Bring any available vaccination and medical or adoption records and a stool sample to this visit so our veterinarian can check for internal parasites.
You can expect a complete physical exam and we will discuss parasite control, vaccinations, training, and general health considerations. Don’t forget to bring your list of questions! We are your partners in the care of this new pet, and we are here to help.

Kitten Vaccinations

Mother’s milk offers kittens some protection from disease, but that only lasts a few weeks. As they are weaned from their mother, kittens are given vaccines to protect them from disease. The kitten series of vaccines gradually builds immunity during the first few months, usually beginning with the first medical exam at around 6 weeks.
Kitten series vaccines may include:

  • FVRCP (feline distemper) vaccine—Started at 6–8 weeks of age and boostered every 3–4 weeks until at least 12–14 weeks of age
  • Rabies vaccine—Given at 12–16 weeks of age
  • FeLV (feline leukemia) given at 8 and 12 weeks, if pet will be at risk

Learn more about vaccinations for your puppy and review our discussion about preventive care.

Feeding Your Kitten

Good quality kitten food is important, and many veterinarians recommend limiting dry food in favor of canned or moist cat food. Never give your kitten table food, as it can cause intestinal problems, and remember to keep fresh, clean water available at all times. Call our office for recommendations about feeding your new kitten.