Our kitten pediatrics program is designed to offer your new kitten all the benefits of veterinary care available to him/her from 6 weeks of age to 12 weeks of age. This service includes a series of examinations and vaccinations, including rabies, panleukopenia (feline distemper), leukemia, viral rhinopneumonitis, and chlamydia infection.
In addition, your kitten will be treated for hookworms and roundworms. Hookworms are blood-sucking parasites that often cause severe anemia in kittens. Roundworms can cause your kitten to vomit and/or experience diarrhea; however, it is possible for your kitten to have roundworms and not show any signs of harboring the worms. Kittens in this climate zone are generally assumed to be infested with roundworms and hookworms, which are maternally acquired in-utero. Other intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia may also cause kittens to have intestinal problems. Once diagnosed, they are easily treated with the appropriate pharmaceuticals. It’s also important to start flea and tick control on kittens before they become infested. Because cats (especially kittens) are very sensitive to insecticides, it is important to use only products that veterinarians recommend.
We strongly recommend spaying and neutering kittens as soon as they have reached the age of immune competency. The ideal time for this surgery is 12 to 20 weeks.