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WHAT TO EXPECT WITH CARING FOR YOUR NEW
                                 KITTEN

    Vaccines are usually done at three separate appointments at
       8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Your kitten will receive core
       vaccines for feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia,
       and Rabies. Non core vaccines will also be discussed and will
       be administered based on the lifestyle of your kitten and risk potential. All
       vaccines will need to be repeated in when your kitten is one year old. After this
       your Veterinarian will be customizing your pet’s vaccine and exam schedule to
       match your cat’s lifestyle

    Felv/FIV (Feline Leukemia/ Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) testing is a way
       to ensure these viruses have not been transmitted to your kitten by their mother
       or other cats they may have been exposed to. It is important to determine the
       status of your kitten not only for peace of mind but to also allow you to prevent
       transmission to other cats and establish what kind of lifestyle your kitten will
       have.

    Deworming is an important step in maintaining your kitten’s health and
       preventing transmission of parasites to you and your family. Due to the high
       potential of your new kitten carrying parasites we follow the strategic deworming
       protocol developed by The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). Your
       kitten will be dewormed every two weeks until 3 months of age, then once
       monthly until 6 months of age. We then recommend continuing strategic
       deworming once every three months to keep your pet parasite free.

    Fecal Analysis is recommended at your first kitten’s appointment and repeated
       at the time of spay/neuter. This will ensure we are not missing any parasites.
       We recommend repeating a fecal analysis yearly to ensure we are keeping your
       pet free of intestinal parasites and preventing transmission of parasites to other
       pets or to your family.

    Diet is an important part of a kitten’s physical development. Feeding a properly
       balanced development diet in the right amount for the appropriate amount of
       time is critical for proper and healthy growth. Kittens should be fed more
       frequently often in 3 meals a day up until they are spayed or neutered. Our staff
       will make recommendations on appropriate diet for your kitten as well as
       recommendations for an appropriate diet as your cat matures through different
       life stages.

    Spaying/Neutering at 5-6 months of age is what is recommended.

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