Kittens

Congratulations on your new kitten!

Adding a new kitten to a family is a very enjoyable time and the staff at Animal Medical Clinic would love to give your kitten the best medical care as they grow and flourish.

Feline Leukemia/ Feline AIDS Testing

Before we vaccinate your kitten, we highly recommend testing for FeLV and FIV.

FeLV (Feline Leukemia) – Feline Leukemia is a retrovirus that has caused more cat deaths, directly or indirectly, than any other organism. All it takes to spread Feline Leukemia is contact with bodily fluids (ex: social grooming, common litter boxes, shared food/water bowls, and bite wounds). Kittens can contract the disease from their mothers while nursing or even still in the womb.

FIV(Feline AIDS) - FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus that effects the cat’s ability to protect itself against bacteria and disease. The major mode of transmission is through bite wounds.

Vaccines

Below is the vaccine schedule for kittens  and a brief description of what each vaccine protects against- we recommend a series of vaccines at 8,12, and 16 weeks of age.

Week Vaccine(s)
8 FVRCP #1
12 FVRCP #2 and Leukemia #1
16 FVRCP #3, Leukemia #2, and Rabies

*FVRCP – this is a combination vaccine that protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus infection, and Panleukopenia. This combination vaccine must be given in a series of 3 to ensure adequate immunity buildup.

Feline Leukemia – This vaccine only needs to be given if your cat goes outdoors. It is a series of 2 vaccines.

Rabies – Rabies vaccines for kittens’/cats’ are good for one year.

Deworming

When you bring your kitten in for the first time, your Veterinarian will perform a physical exam which includes analyzing a stool sample. Often times, kittens are hosts to internal parasites that can be harmful to the kitten if not treated. If the fecal flotation shows that worms are present, we can give you a dose of dewormer that should flush the parasites out. Before your exam, if you can collect a stool sample (it is ok if it has litter on it), we will not have to take one which will help your little one like us more.

Spaying/Neutering

We recommend spaying and neutering between 5 and 6 months of age. Cats’ are unique in that they are spontaneous ovulators, meaning they can breed at anytime year round. By spaying and neutering, you help rid your cat of potential cancers, diseases, and unwanted behaviors.

Declawing

We do perform declaw surgery (either the front 2 feet or all 4 feet). The surgery is performed with a CO2 laser – this helps to minimize bleeding and means that some cats may not even require bandages. The best time to declaw is when your cat is young and they must become indoor only after the procedure. They will require shredded paper as a litter box filler for the first few weeks following surgery.

Microchips

Microchipping is an easy, permanent form of identification for your pet. The microchip, which is equal in size to a grain of rice, is placed under the pet’s skin by injection. If you live in Fayetteville, there is an ordinance in place requiring all pets to be microchipped. We can implant the microchip at any time – whether you would like to do it at your pet’s next appointment or during any surgical procedure. We use universal HomeAgain microchips in the clinic.