Kitten Care in Janesville Wisconsin
Congratulations on your new kitten! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family.
Please bring your new kitten in 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.
Your kitten will need to be vaccinated at around age two months, three months and four months. We strongly recommend an annual wellness visit so that your kitten’s health and vaccination schedule can be maintained. Remember that vaccines are not a treatment, they are a prevention. If your kitten is unwell because he or she has not been vaccinated, the vaccination shots should be given after recovery. Vaccines are not 100% effective, but will give your kitten a good degree of protection against feline leukemia, respiratory diseases, flu type viruses, feline panleukopenia, feline rabies and others.
We recommend that all young kittens be feline leukemia tested. Cats at risk (indoor/outdoor) should be vaccinated with a series of two shots and then boostered annually.
What to bring with you:
- Your kitten in a pet carrier
- Whatever health information the seller or shelter provided to you, such as history of vaccines or wormings
- Fecal sample less than 24 hours old
The initial exam will include:
- Complete physical exam. We will check your kitten’s weight and temperature. We will listen to his/her lungs and heart and examine the other internal organs by palpating them. We will check your kitten’s ears, eyes, nose, skin and teeth.
- Flea/tick control. We will discuss the best options for your new kitten.
- Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
- Necessary vaccine boosters
- We highly recommend testing your new kitten for Feline Leukemia Virus(FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (PIV).
- FVRCP (prevents Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus infection and Panleukopenia)
- Administered every 3 to 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
- Cats over 12 weeks of age with an unknown vaccination status will be given 2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart.
- Rabies vaccine will be administered at 16 weeks of age or older.
- Additional vaccines such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) will be discussed with you and given based on your kitten’s lifestyle and risk.
Signs that your kitten needs immediate care:
- Signs that the kitten has swallowed something poisonous 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
- Repeat vomiting in a short time or diarrhea with vomiting
- Signs of pain, such as swelling or inability to use his/her leg