All of us at Alberta Veterinary Care are eager to meet your new kitten and welcome them into our family. Having a kitten can bring a lot of joy into your life, but it’s also a big responsibility. Our veterinarians will make sure that your kitten receives the care they need to grow up healthy and strong.
Premature and young kittens tend to be more susceptible to medical issues as their immune system is not yet mature, so it’s important to bring your new kitten in for a checkup as soon as possible. Kittens that have not had adequate medical care prior to adoption or acquisition may have pre-existing conditions that need to be addressed.
Your Kitten’s First Visit
Please bring your kitten in a closed carrier along with all veterinary records or other paperwork you have pertaining to your kitten’s care. Also, please bring a fresh stool sample (ideally less than 12 hours old).
During your kitten’s initial visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination. Kittens need a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect them from preventable dangerous diseases, and we will develop a vaccination schedule specifically for your kitten. We will address any questions you have concerning care for your kitten, such as diet and nutrition, behavioral issues, litter training, and integrating the new kitten into your home.
Your kitten’s first exam will include:
- A comprehensive physical exam
- A tailored vaccination program
- Screening for feline-specific viruses such as Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
- Intestinal parasite screening
- Flea, heartworm, and tick prevention
- Behavior and housetraining advice
- Nutritional counseling
Vaccines and Your Kitten
We believe in designing a personalized vaccine protocol for each kitten to maximize the protection against any diseases your kitten is likely to be exposed to. There are many diseases that are preventable through the judicious use of vaccines, so it is important to vaccinate your kitten against the diseases to which he or she may be exposed.
Dental Care for Your Kitten
During your kitten’s wellness visit, we will discuss at home dental care with you and show you how to gradually start brushing your kitten’s teeth. Eventually they will get used to teeth brushing and even look forward to having their teeth brushed at home on a regular basis.
Signs That Your Kitten Needs Immediate Medical Attention
Please also be alert to the following symptoms, as they are signs that your kitten needs immediate care:
- Signs of pain including panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, hiding, restlessness, loss of appetite, reacting aggressively when touched or approached, crying
- Respiratory problems such as persistent coughing, shortness of breath, or labored breathing
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- A wound or laceration that's open or bleeding
- Animal bites
- Allergic reactions, swelling around the face, hives, or severe itching
- An eye injury
- Fainting or collapse, difficulty standing or getting up
- Blank stare, disorientation
- Exposure to extreme cold or heat
- Trauma such as getting hit by a vehicle or falling
- Suspected poisoning or ingestion of a foreign substance
Please contact us immediately if your kitten is experiencing any of these symptoms.