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Kitten’s First Vet Visit
Congratulations! You have adopted (or rescued) a kitten. The most vital act you can do for this kitten is to schedule a vet visit. Finding a good vet can be confusing. A better option is to locate a board certified feline specialist in your area. This can be accomplished by visiting their website, The American Association of Feline Practitioners. A list is provided divided by states. To find a small animal veterinarian, ask your cat-lover friends who they use.
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Why is it important for a vet to see my kitten?
If you have resident pets, this vet visit is crucial to their health and well-being. If your kitty is showing signs of illness; sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose these are indicative of an upper respiratory infection or URI. Airborne these pathogens can travel quickly throughout your home. You should schedule a vet visit right away after adopting a kitten.
What happens to my kitten at the vet?
Your kitten will be weighed, his temperature will be taken and the vet will do a hands-on exam addressing any health issues he might see or suspect.
Your kitten will be tested for FeLV and FIV. Depending on the age of the kitten, the kitten will be taken in back as they draw blood, then they will return the kitten back to your care while they wait for the results of the test.
If the kitten if full of fleas (and most kittens are flea-ridden) fleas can do great damage to the kitten even killing the kitten. If there are fleas, there are tapeworms and perhaps other parasites. Your vet can safely medicate your kitten. If the kitten is old enough and healthy, vaccinations can be given. A spay or neuter will also be scheduled. It is recommended that even after the vet visit, you isolate your kitten from the other resident pets for at least 3-4 days if not longer.