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The New Kitten Checklist

Reviewed by Peter Kintzer DVM, DACVIM on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Posted November 29, 2012 in New-Cat Checklists

Kitten by the window

If you’re reading this, then you probably just brought a new kitten home, or you’re planning on bringing a new kitten home soon. Either way, congratulations! There’s nothing like a cute, fuzzy new addition to the family.

While it’s important to start right in on the cuddling and training needed by a new kitten, it’s also crucial to get a head start on your kitten’s health. You want to make sure your new friend gets off on the right foot, and this means scheduling your kitten’s first veterinary visit. Depending on your new kitten’s age and expected lifestyle, there are a lot of different things you can expect from your veterinarian. Read on to learn more.

Your Kitten’s First Veterinary Visit
When you take your kitten to the veterinarian for the first time, your good doctor will probably give him or her a physical exam before anything else.  This is really important – your veterinarian can find physical problems with your kitty just by looking him or her over, such as poor gait or skin problems, and get your kitten on a treatment plan right away.

In addition, your veterinarian will want to make sure your kitten is free of a variety of illnesses and conditions, and to do so he or she will likely perform a variety of tests, including:

  • Fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
  • Start parasite control (through the use of prescription medication) to treat intestinal parasites and prevent heartworm
  • Begin protecting your kitten from flea- and tick-borne diseases

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