Kitten Visits

Orion Animal for Feline Care

Immunizations

Kittens are typically given a series of 2-3 immunizations depending on lifestyle (indoor vs. outdoor), and where they were obtained (rescue, shelter, feral, or from a breeder).

First veterinary visit (6-9 weeks of age)
-1st FVRCP
-1st Feline Leukemia vaccine (if going outdoors)
-Feline leukemia blood test
-Fecal examination for intestinal parasites
-Deworming with Pyrantel

Second veterinary visit (10-14 weeks of age)
-2nd FVRCP
-2nd Feline Leukemia vaccine (if going outdoors)

Third veterinary visit (12-16 weeks of age)
-Rabies 1yr vaccine

Sterilization procedures

All male and female cats should be neutered (castration in males) and spayed (ovariohysterectomy in females) between 6-8 months of age.

Declawing Procedures

At Orion Animal Hospital we feel strongly that declawing can be done in the most humane way when performed in small kittens from 3-6lb of body weight (usually 3-6 months of age). When kittens become larger they have much higher risk of complications including personality change, chronic pain, excess bleeding, and infection. We strongly discourage all owners NOT to pursue declaw in cats older than 1 year of age. When performed at the appropriate age, with a good combination of anesthesia, pain relief, and good surgical technique, indoor-only kittens can do quite well with a declaw procedure.