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Your New Kitten

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Providing proactive care for your new kitten

At the first office visit when your pet is approximately 8 weeks of age we will:

1. Perform a thorough physical examination and record your pet’s weight. Check for any problems present since birth.

2. Check for external parasites and help you with appropriate prevention.

3. Begin a deworming program that you will start today and repeat every two weeks, based on your pets weight, until they are 6 months of age.

4. Begin the required immunizations against infectious diseases.

5. Discuss training, grooming, nutrition and any other questions you may have.

At the second office visit when your pet is approximately 12 weeks of age we will:

1. Re-examine and update your pet’s weight.

2. Booster your kitten’s initial immunizations and if your kitten will be outdoors or

socializing with any potentially outdoor cats we will give the first of 2 Leukemia

vaccines.

3. Analyze the first of two fecal samples to ensure your kitten is parasite free.

4. Follow up on previous discussion regarding training, grooming and nutrition and answer any new questions you may have.

At the third office visit when your kitten is approximately 16 weeks of age we will:

1. Again provide re-examination and weight updates for your pet.

2. Re-check for external parasites and help you with appropriate prevention.

3. Vaccinate your kitten against Rabies and if necessary Leukemia.

4. Answer any of your questions, explain the merits of spaying or neutering your pet and go over an estimate for this procedure.

At 6 months of age we will:

1. Neuter or spay your kitten. If you choose to have your kitten declawed, we recommend it be done at the time of neutering. In this way, it is possible to perform both surgeries under the same anesthetic.

2. Analyze the second recommended fecal sample to ensure your kitten is parasite free. You can plan to visit us on a yearly basis for your cat’s physical exam. At this appointment we ask that you bring a fresh stool sample for parasite analysis. This is especially important in outdoor cats. We will give your cat a thorough examination to assess both dental and general physical health, and also make recommendations for the continued good health of your cat.