Our hospital philosophy is to provide you with the best possible veterinary care available for your kitten. We feel strongly that the preventive care plan outlined below will help us get your kitten off to the best start possible.
Preventive Care Examination
Your kitten will need to come for a few visits during the first few months to ensure proper growth and development. These visits are also important so your kitten can receive all vaccines and preventative care.
We follow the most up-to-date recommendations on vaccinations from the American Academy of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Kittens will receive a series of 2 – 3 FDRC (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis & Calicivirus) injections 3 – 4 weeks apart. Your kitten will be vaccinated for rabies once he or she is over 12 weeks of age. The AAFP now recommends that all kittens are given a series of 2 feline leukemia vaccines, 3 – 4 weeks apart, even if they will live indoors only.
Fecal Centrifugation & Giardia Elisa
By bringing a fresh stool sample (not more than 24 hours old), we can look for intestinal parasites that kittens can obtain from their mother or other animals. Parasites are especially common in kittens. Some of these parasites are contagious to people, especially children.
Your kitten will be given a dose of deworming medication at each kitten check-up based on his or her weight. We always treat for roundworms and hookworms that kittens catch from their mom and are contagious to people. Almost all kittens have roundworms. They do not show up on every fecal test because the worms shed eggs intermittently. We may also give additional medications to kill parasites if they show up on the fecal tests or there is a high suspicion of their presence.
Feline Leukemia & Feline AIDS Test
We will test your kitten for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline AIDS (FIV) viruses. These diseases are contagious and considered fatal. If your kitten has had recent exposure to any cat with unknown FeLV/FIV status, we recommend rechecking the FeLV/FIV test 30 days later since these diseases can take up to 30 days to show up on the test.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work & Urinalysis
We will collect both a blood and urine sample from your kitten at the time of the final kitten vaccines. A complete blood count, biochemical profile, and urinalysis will be submitted to the laboratory for testing. This will help us identify any pre-existing problems before anesthesia and surgery.
Regular Prevention & Control for Internal/External Parasites
Advantage Multi™ (once per month) prevents heartworm disease in cats. Many mosquitoes in Massachusetts are now carrying heartworm larvae. There is no cure for heartworm disease in cats, and it can cause sudden death. Advantage Multi kills fleas. Fleas are very small and can fit through screens or can hitch a ride inside your home on a dog or human. Once inside, they can lay eggs in upholstery and survive many life cycles if they have access to an unprotected pet. Advantage Multi used for an entire season will stop this life cycle. Fleas carry tapeworms, and in fact, many cats get tapeworms from eating their fleas while grooming. Advantage Multi prevents hookworm and roundworm infections. Your cat can become infected with these by eating rodents, cockroaches (and even bugs that have been eating rodent carcasses) and then find their way into the house. These worms are contagious to humans, especially children and immunocompromised adults. Advantage Multi also kills ear mites.
Regular Oral Care: Toothbrushing & Hills T/D Diet
Your kitten will get his or her adult teeth at about 5 months of age. This is a great time to start preventative care, which includes daily tooth brushing and several kibbles of Hill’s T/D diet given as a treat.
*Due to the increasing costs of veterinary products and technology, our prices are subject to change.