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Kitten Care

All Kittens Need:

  • Evaluation for congenital defects (malocculusion of teeth, cleft palate, heart murmur, umbilical hernia...) and infections (ear mites, roundworms, demodex, fleas...).

  • 2 - 3 vaccinations against Rhinotracheitis/Calici/Panleukopenia.  The final FVRCP vaccine should be given at 12 weeks of age or older.  

  • 2 vaccinations against Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). This is required regardless of indoor/outdoor status, as recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (www.catvets.com).

  • Rabies vaccination (can be given as young as 12 weeks of age).

  • A fecal examination by the laboratory to check for parasites.

  • Deworming with pyrantel for roundworms, at least 2 times, regardless of fecal results. Other dewormers may be necessary depending on fecal testing.

  • FeLV/FIV testing to check for infection with Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (from the mother), typically done around 4 months of age.  This requires a blood draw. 

  • A microchip. If you don't understand the necessity of a microchip, we will be happy to discuss it with you!

  • To be spayed/neutered.  This can happen between 4 months and 7 months.

  • To be enrolled in a pet health insurance plan.  This helps to even out pet health expenses over the year and give assistance when unexpected illness/injury occurs. 

  • To have nail clipping demonstrated to the pet parents to continue training at home. 

  • To have their adult teeth evaluated at 6 months and a toothbrushing and/or daily dental treat regimen started then as well. 

The kitten wellness visits are $25 for wellness exams, plus the vaccines, products, and services for that visit.  The total cost for exams, vaccines, testing, and products ranges from $366 to $490, depending on which vaccines/services were performed prior to coming to Animal Health Care Denver.  Feline neuter cost is ~$200, feline spay cost is ~$300.