It is always an exciting time adding a new furry family member. Whether this was a pre-planned event or a spontaneous rescue or adoption, be sure to set an appointment to visit us for your kitten’s initial checkups.
It is important to not put off the first kitten veterinary visit because we can reveal any underlying issues that may affect you and your family or other pets before these possible illnesses become serious. We recommend to set an examination with 24 to 72 hours after adopting or bringing your new kitten home, and if you have other cats at home, we strongly recommend to test your new kitten prior to bringing them home.
During your kitten’s initial checkups, we will check your kitten’s weight, eyes, ears, mouth, skin, coat, and whole body. This includes palpating the abdomen to feel the organs and listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope and possibly administer a blood test to check for any possible diseases.
Just like an adult cat receives, your veterinarian will perform a thorough hands-on physical examination of your kitten in order to find physical abnormalities. This examination includes:
- Checking inside your kitten’s mouth
- Taking your kitten’s temperature
- Palpating your kitten’s abdomen
- Listening to your kitten’s heart and lungs
- Testing your kitten’s muscles and joints for mobility
- Checking your kitten’s eyes
- Checking your kitten’s ears for mites
- Combing your kitten’s fur for evidence of fleas
We will vaccinate your new kitten depending on their age and risk of exposer to prevent any new infections. We will also discuss with you properly monthly preventatives for parasites, which is easy to administer and effective.
One of the last things we will discuss with you is spaying or neutering your cat to help prevent overpopulation and health and behavioral problems. Spaying helps lower your cat’s risk of breast cancer and infection of the uterus.