Over the first few months of his or her life, we hope your kitten will visit Annex Animal Hospital regularly, establishing both a strong foundation for their future health, and a great relationship for you and your kitten with our wonderful, caring team.
Each visit includes a thorough physical exam as detailed below, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, and nutrition, weight and behaviour counseling. You may request your choice of veterinarian for each visit.
These visits are your chance to ask your veterinarian one-on-one for any advice or help you may require with your kitten. You may want to know about kitten life stages, future procedures, food, or toys. Of course if you have any questions outside of your appointments, you can contact us at 416-537-3128 and we’ll be happy to help.
Please bring a fecal sample to your first visit. We will examine the sample in the lab to ensure that your kitten does not have any intestinal parasites. Kittens get worms from their mothers. This can happen even with the best kept mothers. Therefore, a fecal test is very important. We recommend de-worming all kittens since occasionally parasites may not show up in the stool sample due to the nature of their life cycle. Please bring a fresh stool sample in a clean baggie to your first visit, for parasite testing.
We will also examine your kitten for fleas, ticks, and ear mites.
Depending on the season, parasite protection may also be recommended.
Kittens need to have a series of vaccinations in the first four and a half months of life.
Kitten vaccination begins with a series of inoculations which cover a group of extremely serious viruses, to which your kitten can easily be exposed. These vaccines are referred to as FVRCP, which stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus and Panleukopenia. The FVRCP and Rabies vaccines are considered the Core Vaccines by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and we follow their guidelines.
The FVRCP vaccines are given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks. We administer multiple boosters for two reasons:
1. Each kitten gets a different level of protection from the mother cat.
2. Each vaccine booster strengthens the immune response.
The final kitten vaccine, given after 14 weeks of age, is for Rabies. Rabies is a disease fatal to both pets and people. It is commonly carried by foxes and bats, both of which are prevalent in Toronto. City by-laws require all cats and kittens be vaccinated against Rabies.
If a kitten is going to grow up to be an outdoor cat we recommend they be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) at 12 and 16 weeks of age. Feline leukemia is mostly spread in saliva. Cats that get in fights or share bowls with strays are most at risk.
Once your kitten is fully vaccinated, we highly recommend they be spayed or neutered. Talk to your veterinarian during your kitten’s visit about the health and behavioral benefits of the procedure.
For their comfort, pet identification microchips are usually implanted during spay/neuter surgery when your kitten is already briefly anaesthetized. However, a microchip can be implanted during any office appointment.