Kitten Care

Congratulations on Your New Kitten!

Do you have a loving, playful new kitten?  Please schedule an exam for your new kitten with the Integrative Animal Hospital so we may welcome your kitten into our family, make sure he or she is healthy and give you guidance and support to acclimate your new kitten into your home.

Your kitten’s first exam with us is the first step you can take to be sure your wonderful companion grows up strong, healthy and happy. Veterinary care is essential throughout your cat’s entire life, and starting a relationship with us early in your cat’s life is the best opportunity to provide longevity for your cat.

During your kitten’s first exam, we encourage you to discuss with us any questions you may have about your new kitten, including health issues, behavior issues, necessary immunizations, environmental enrichment, exercise, nutrition and the anticipated lifestyle of your kitten.

Your kitten’s first visit with us will include:

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Screening for viruses specific to felines, such as Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immuno Virus
  • Internal parasite screening and deworming if needed
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your kitten’s lifestyle. For more information on vaccines, please visit our vaccines page.
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas. Please visit our fleas and external parasites page for more information.
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

For your kitten’s first visit with us, we request that you bring the following:

  • Your kitten on a leash or in a crate or pet carrier.
  • Any paperwork or medical records given to you regarding the previous care of your kitten including all previous immunizations, deworming, and medications given to your kitten.
  • A fresh (within 24 hours) fecal sample.

The following are signs that your kitten needs immediate medical 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 seizuring
  • Blood in urine or feces
  • Defecating 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

Please call us if your kitten is exhibiting any of these symptoms.