When Do I take My Kitten to the Vet?
So, when do you take your kitten to the vet? Many public shelters and pet retailers will give you a recommended schedule to take your pet in to get vaccinated and for spay and neutering.
Your first vaccination isn't until week 9. On week 9, your cat should get the Distemper vaccination. No, it isn't to control your felines crazy temper. The vaccination is very important, because it is a deadly disease. caused by a "parvovirus," also known as "Parvo". This is a life-threatening disease and the virus is considered ubiquitous, meaning it is present in any form and it can be contracted virtually any place that is not disinfected. The infection is highly contagious among unvaccinated cats and other animals. Wild cats, animal shelter groups, pet stores, and rescue facilities are high risk for outbreaks.
3 weeks later, your veternarian will have you come back in for the next set of shots. First, is the 2nd Distemper "Parvo" booster shot and then the Feline UltraNasal and Leukemia vaccination. This is actually one shot, but administers two types of vaccinations. First it protects against feline upper respiratory disease (rhinotracheitis virus and calicivirus). Secondly, this shot will provide protection against Leukemia. The great thing about this vaccination, no needles are required, so you veterinarian may allow you to take the vaccine and administer yourself.
On week 15, your vet will administer the 3rd and final Distemper "Parvo" booster shot and give your feline a Rabies shot as well. Rabies is a disease caused by a virus found in the saliva of infected animals and can be transmitted to pets and humans through bites and/or by contamination of a wound and through the blood. Untreated, rabies can and does cause a painful death.
The following week (week 16) will be the last scheduled visit until the following year for your felines booster shots. The final shot administered will be the 2nd and final Luekimia shot.
About Spay and Neuter
Spay and Neutering is typically recommended to take place during 5 to 6 months of age, but this is really up to you or when your veterinarian recommends it. Why should you get your cat spayed or neutered? There are a number of reasons to spay and neuter your cat. In male cats, testosterone greatly affects aggression. The advantage of neutering is your cat will tend to be less aggressive toward other cats. Also, neutering will decease or even completely eliminate spraying. Spraying is a normal sexual behavior of uncastrated male cats. Female cats have been known to spray as well, but this is an unfrequent trait. A spayed and neutered feline are less likely to roam to mate with another feline. Male cats neutered at an early age will generally not sense or respond to pheromones from female cats and will be less likely to leave their territory.
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