What to Expect at Your Kitten’s First Visit

At each visit your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and discuss your new addition’s history. Read on for more information about vaccines, parasite prevention and to get an idea of how much all of this will cost.

Kitten Vaccines

Kittens need to receive a series of vaccines in order to make sure that they are protected from transmissible infections. Your veterinarian will determine which vaccines are appropriate based on kitten’s health status and your home environment. Generally kittens receive a series of initial vaccinations administered at approximately 8,12 and 16 weeks of age. At each visit, the veterinarian will perform a physical exam and ensure that your new companion is healthy prior to administering the vaccine.

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Parasites and Viral Testing

It is very common for kittens to have internal parasites – often without showing any initial symptoms. Your veterinarian will recommend a fecal test to look for evidence of intestinal parasites and may recommend a prophylactic deworming protocol. The doctor will examine your kitten for any evidence of external parasites like fleas or ear mites and provide treatment and/or prevention as required. Depending on the circumstances of your kitten’s adoption and/or physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, particularly if your have other cats at home already.


The cost of your first few visits will depend on your kitten’s health status, the lifestyle you have planned for him or her and whether or not you already have cats at home. Click below to see what costs are involved with the first few visits for a healthy kitten.

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