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Your New Kitten Checkup

Reviewed by Dr. Peter Kintzer, DVM, DACVIM on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Posted May 21, 2015 in Cat Checkups & Preventive Care

Kitten at the vet

Congratulations! You have a new kitten! If it has been some time since you had a kitten, you may be surprised that, just as with raising a baby, recommendations can change quickly. Indeed, much has changed over the last few years when it comes to kitten care. I always recommend that the first outing for your new kitten should be to your veterinarian. This will ensure that you’re off to a great start on a path to lifelong health.

What might your kitten’s checkup include?
The first thing your veterinarian will likely do is perform a complete, physical examination. Most veterinarians will use their hands to palpate or feel your kitten from nose to tail. You may notice that your veterinarian will feel the kitten’s tummy and listen to the kitten’s heart and lungs using a stethoscope. Other visual inspections may include:

Much of what your veterinarian does may go unnoticed. For example, your kitten’s movement and disposition will probably be evaluated too.

What might your veterinarian discuss?
Your veterinarian might discuss preventive health measures such as:

Your veterinarian may ask you to bring in a stool sample to check for worms but, because you’re bringing in a kitten, de-worming will probably be advised even if nothing is found.

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Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.