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Kitten Care

Congratulations on your new kitten! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family.

Please bring your new kitten to Auburn Animal Clinic as soon as possible after you bring him/her home. Your investment in good basic care may reward you with the companionship and affection of a healthy cat for fifteen years or more. The oldest cat Dr. Holm has cared for was 26 years old.

Your kitten will need to be vaccinated against serious diseases at around age two months, three months and four months. We strongly recommend annual visits so that your kitten's health and vaccination schedule can be maintained throughout his or her life. Vaccines prevent serious diseases and are important to your cat’s continued good health.

We also recommend all non-breeding cats be spayed or neutered. We will discuss the health benefits of spay/neuter surgery with you during your kitten’s first appointment with us.

On your first visit, please bring with you:

  • Your kitten in a pet carrier or on a leash
  • Any health records, vaccination records or other paperwork given to you when you received your kitten.
  • Fecal (poop) sample preferably less than 24 hours old

The initial exam will include:

  • Complete physical exam.
  • Discussion with you of the appropriate vaccination schedule for your kitten’s anticipated lifestyle.
  • Necessary vaccines or vaccine boosters.
  • Flea/tick control. We will discuss the best options for your new kitten.
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and deworming as recommended by the CDC.
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (PIV) if recommended for you and your kitten’s health.

The following are signs that your kitten needs immediate care:

  • Signs that the kitten has swallowed something poisonous or irritating such as mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, seizures, or fever
  • Bleeding you can’t stop
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness or lethargy
  • Staggering or seizures
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Pooping more than twice in an hour or straining in the litter box with no results
  • Difficulty urinating or straining to urinate. We need to be especially concerned with a male cat that strains and is unable to produce urine. This can be a life threatening blockage.
  • Repeat vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting
  • Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to move his/her body normally