BFMV-CatCare

Every new kitten should be vaccinated against:

  • Feline panleukopenia (feline parvovirus)
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus)
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Rabies

These are considered core vaccinations in cats. A core vaccination is defined as being a vaccine against those diseases mentioned above which are pathogens (disease causing agents) that are widely distributed in the United States and pose a risk of severe disease in essentially all cats.

The feline leukemia vaccination should be considered for all cats which are indoor/outdoor pets or those that live inside full time but are exposed to outside cats.Any new cat added to a household should receive a feline leukemia/fiv test and any cat that is at risk for exposure to the virus should be tested.

The core vaccinations for kittens can be started at 6-8 weeks of age and are administered at 3 week intervals until the kitten is 3 months old. A kitten must be at least 9 weeks of age for the feline leukemia test to be valid. Rabies vaccinations canbe given at 3 months of age. Booster vaccinations are performed annually.

Vaccination is important to the health and longevity of your new kitten or adult cat.

A fecal float is a test that screens for internal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms, and tapeworms. Kittens are treated with worming medications as well.

The test and dewormer should be administered annually. However, if a pet has diarrhea or is vomiting, the internal parasite exam and dewormer should be given more frequently.

Proper parasite prevention is important to the comfort and health of your new kitten or adult cat.

Cats should receive heartworm preventative medication. Although cats do not need a heartworm test to start the medication, this is a common and potentially fatal disease in cats.

Three types of heartworm preventative medication include: Heartguard Plus for Cats®, Interceptor®, and Revolution®. We can help you choose a product which best fits your pet’s lifestyle!

Heartworm prevention is important to your cat’s health, but it is often overlooked or forgotten.

Cats should be treated for fleas. Fleas suck blood and can potentially spread disease to people and pets. Indoor/outdoor cats need to be treated for fleas and ticks.

External parasites pose a threat to your kitten or adult cat because they may spread disease or lead to discomfort.

Lastly, kittens need to be spayed or neutered. Cats are very fertile animals. Neutering male cats prevent unwanted litters of kittens, fighting , and spraying urine. Spaying female cats prevents unwanted kittens.

Help reduce the stray pet problem by spaying or neutering your cat.

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