Congratulations on your new kitten! Adopting a new kitten is a very exciting time for a person, but it is also a very important time in the life of a cat. Proper nutrition, parasite prevention, vaccination and infectious disease screening will ensure that your kitten lives a long and healthy life.
Kittens should receive a series of 3 inoculations, starting at around 6-8 weeks of age and continuing until approximately 16 weeks of age. During these visits, the veterinary team at Sackville Animal Hospital will advise you regarding nutrition and parasite prevention and perform the vaccinations that are appropriate for your kitten. These visits will also be used to examine your kitten for any evidence of infectious disease such as upper respiratory tract infections and ear mites, evaluate for evidence of emerging inherited diseases such as heart murmurs and growth abnormalities and discuss Feline aids and Feline Leukemia Virus screening. You can use these visits to discuss any concerns you may have with raising your kitten, such as house soiling, scratching and behavioural concerns.
The vaccinations that a kitten will receive will depend on several factors. Cats that will be going outside or will be boarded frequently will require additional vaccines than a strictly indoors cat will need. A vaccination protocol for your kitten will be tailored during these appointments based on these factors. The basic vaccinations that we recommend are as follows and are in accordance with the American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel;
6-8 Weeks: Feline Rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/Panleukopenia vaccine (FVRCP)- 1st
10-12 Weeks: FVRCP 2nd + Feline Leukemia 1st (if needed)
14-16 Weeks: FVRCP 3rd + Feline Leukemia 2nd (if needed) + Rabies (if indicated)
Flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention will be covered during these vaccines as well and a preventative plan based on perceived risk will be developed and recommended.