Kittens should be scheduled for a complete comprehensive exam between the ages of 7-8 weeks. At this exam we would recommend checking a stool sample for parasites and doing a Feline Leukemia/ Feline FIV blood test.
Kittens start out with getting a FVRCP vaccine. This covers the upper respiratory diseases and is given in a three shot series. Vaccines are given 3-4 weeks apart with the last vaccine being at or around 16 weeks of age. If the animal is older than 12 weeks when starting, then only a two shot series will be given.
Rabies will be given at 12 weeks of age and is the only vaccine required by law. The first rabies vaccine is good for one year, and then the next rabies vaccine given will be good for three years.
Leukemia vaccines are given to cats that have tested negative for leukemia and that either go outside themselves or live with other cats that go outside. We do advise that all kittens get this their first year, just in case they would escape someday. The Leukemia vaccine is given in a two shot series, 3-4 weeks apart.
We also carry the VS Calici vaccine which is mainly used when cats are going to he housed in close quarters near other cats such as boarding facilities.
We do not carry the FIV or FIP vaccines, because there is not enough data showing how effective they are and any vaccine side effects.
During your first visit to our office, our caring doctors will go over which vaccine protocol would be best for your pet based on their lifestyle. We also send you home with your first dose of heartworm and flea/tick control free of charge. Our doctors recommend Spaying/Neutering at 5 ½ to 6 months old.
Please call our office to set an appointment for your new family member.
Feline Wellness Visits
Your cat should be seen in our office at one year of age for their yearly visit. We see them here only once a year until they hit senior age as long as they don't develop any problems or concerns. During this visit, one of our veterinarians will do a complete physical exam making sure your cat is developing and growing. We would recommend checking a stool sample for parasites at this time as well. The sample is collected by you in a zip lock bag and brought into our office. Please make sure that the fresh sample you have collect is indeed a fecal sample and not just clumping litter. The sample only takes 15 minutes to run and you should have results by the end of your visit.
After evaluating your cats lifestyle and health, we would then vaccinate your pet. A one year FVRCP vaccine that covers upper respiratory diseases is given. They will also receive a Rabies vaccine that is good for three years. At their second birthday we would switch them over to receive a three year FVRCP. If your cat is completely 100% indoors, and does not live with any other cats that go outside, we drop the feline leukemia vaccine.
If your cat does go outside, we would continue to do the feline leukemia vaccine, as well periodically testing for FELV/FIV. We would recommend that this indoor/outdoor cat be put on flea/tick medication as well as heartworm prevention that would cover both heartworms and intestinal parasites.