Vaccination Schedule

Andrews Veterinary has established a vaccination protocol to properly protect your kitten from preventable diseases. Kittens should be vaccinated at several intervals to ensure appropriate immunity to various diseases.

Kitten Vaccination # 1 (performed at 6-8 Weeks of Age)

Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia combination vaccine. Feline leukemia (also known as FeLV) and immunodeficiency virus (also known as FIV) testing is recommended at this visit.


Kitten Vaccination # 2 (performed at 10-12 Weeks of Age)

Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia combination vaccine.
Feline Leukemia Virus


Kitten Vaccination # 3 (performed at 12-16 Weeks of Age)

Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia combination vaccine.
Feline Leukemia Virus booster vaccine.
1 year Feline Rabies

After this phase, your kitten will be current on his or her vaccinations for 1 year.


Deworming Schedule

Kittens have a high likelihood of being born with intestinal parasites or picking up intestinal parasites from their environment. The most common clinical signs of intestinal parasites are diarrhea or no signs at all. Kittens should have regular fecal examinations during their initial vaccine appointments and de wormed accordingly.


Nail Trimming

To keep you kitten’s paws healthy and get them accustomed to getting their nails trimmed as they get older, we recommend you touch and play with your kitten’s paws. Trimming their nails on a regular basis makes the procedure less stressful, and it becomes a routine rather than a bad experience or a fearful situation. We can instruct you on how to trim nails for you to do so at home, or we can always schedule an appointment for us to do so if that makes you more comfortable.


Kitten Mouths

It is a good idea to open your kitten’s mouth to look at and touch their teeth and gums. By doing so your kitten will hopefully become familiar with this feeling which will help you begin teeth brushing and perform possible medication administration in the future if needed.


Kitten Ears

It is a good idea to look in and play with your kitten’s ears. By doing this your kitten gets familiar with this idea and it will be easier when you need to give medications or clean your kitten’s ears. Kitten’s need to have their ears cleaned at least once a month. One of the most common office visits for kittens is ear problems including ear mites. Using an approved veterinary ear cleaner will keep their ears from getting infections and wax build up. As your kitten gets older and matures he or she will be used to you cleaning their ears and medicating is less likely to be a problem.


Scratching

Kittens need something to scratch, as this is an instinctive behavior for them. Items such as scratching posts and cat towers can help provide them with an acceptable medium to scratch on while saving your furniture!


Grooming

It is a good idea to brush out your kitten regularly. By doing this you free up loose hair that would normally be swallowed by your kitten as it grooms itself. This will help minimize hairballs and prevent matting. Plus your kitten will have a nice and shiny coat.


Spaying & Neutering

AVH will spay (females) and neuter (males) kittens once they have completed their appropriate vaccination series, typically between 4 and 6 months of age. If you do not plan on breeding your pet, we recommend spaying and neutering. There are many reasons for doing so, including population control, prevent possible behavioral problems down the road and to avoid certain cancers and infections of the reproductive tract as they age.