New kittens require additional care to give them the best start in life. Your pet will need vaccines to aid in the prevention of viral and bacterial infections. Their immune systems are not fully developed, making them susceptible to parasites and disease. By following AMC Wellness Guideline, you can help prevent many common illnesses and diseases. Once your pet has completed all kitten vaccines they will receive continued care to keep current on all vaccines required.
New Kitten guideline:
- 6-8 weeks: Exam, FELV/FIV Test, FCVRP #1, Fecal, De-worm
- 9-12 weeks: Exam, FCVRP booster, Fecal, De-worm
- 12-14 weeks: Exam, FVRCP 3 year #1, FELV #1, Fecal, De-worm
- 16-18 weeks: Exam, FVRCP 3 year booster, FELV booster, Rabies, Fecal, De-worm
We will outline an individualized vaccination schedule and protocol for you new kitten. We will determine through discussion and physical exam what vaccines your new family member needs.
Types of Vaccinations
Rabies is a disease that is transmitted from the bite of an infected animal. Any warm-blooded animal is capable of becoming rabid. Signs of rabies include changes in behavior (i.e. aggressive behaviors or blunted mental status), seizures, coma, or any other neurological signs. This vaccine is extremely important due the severity of this disease; it is 100% fatal and there is no cure. Additionally, it is a public health concern, as people can get this deadly disease. A current Rabies vaccination of your pet is also required by law. Frequency of the rabies vaccine is mandated by state and county law.
This vaccination protects against a combination of diseases that affect cats. The viral diseases from which we seek to protect cats with this vaccine include the following:
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus) (FVR)
This viral disease may cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, and fever. The virus is transmitted by direct contact.
Feline Calicivirus (C)
This viral disease may cause nasal discharge, sneezing, fever, oral ulcerations, gingivitis, conjunctivitis, canine tooth extrusion, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, and loss of apptetie. The virus is shed from oral and nasal secretions, as well as in the feces.
Feline Panleukopenia (P)
This viral infection may cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, neurological signs, and bone marrow suppression. It is highly contagious and can be fatal to the affected cat. This virus is transmitted through contact with an infected animal's bodily fluids, or feces, as well as by fleas.
It is typically recommended to those cats that spend any time outdoors or to those indoor cats that live with other cats that go outside. The virus is spread by infected cats through bite wounds (fighting), grooming, or other types of intimate contact. This virus damages a cat's immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and cancers throughout the cat's body. There is no cure for this disease. Prevention of leukemia is the key. This vaccine is started at 12-14 weeks of age; a booster is given in 3-4 weeks and then the vaccine is given annually for life. Kittens and cats should be tested for the infection before the vaccine is given. Annual testing is also recommended for any cat that goes outdoors. No vaccine is 100% protective.
During your kitten's routine physical examinations, our veterinarians will listen to his/her heart and breath sounds, feel the abdomen, check the coat/skin condition, eyes, ears, and mouth.
We will check your kitten for external parasites, such as fleas, ringworm, and ear mites. We will also perform an analysis of your kitten's feces to check for internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. Please bring a stool sample to all scheduled kitten appointments. These intestinal parasites have zoonotic potential. Zoonosis means humans are susceptible to disease, resulting in skin infection, and sometimes blindness in children.
Deworming is done with every round of kitten vaccinations as a single fecal exam may not pick up all eggs/parasites in feces. The CDC recommends yearly deworming of all pets due to zoonotic potential (disease that is transferable to humans). This is not required but recommended by the doctors at AMC. We do however, recommend fecal tests at least annually.
We offer a permanent form of identification with a Home Again Microchip System. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and is inserted underneath the skin. The i.d number and owner information is then registered with the Home Again Registry. If a pet is lost and recovered, the number can be read by any shelter or veterinarian who has a microchip scanner and the owner can be traced.
Recommended between 4-6 months of age for all cats.