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Content Image Your kitten's basic medical exam
Published 2010/12/10

You must take your newly adopted kitten to your vet as soon as possible. This is what will probably happen during the first visit:

  • Meticulous physical exam to determine the health status of your kitten;
  • Search for external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, mites);
  • Search for internal parasites (tapeworms, roundworm) if you bring a feces sample;
  • First vaccines will be administered or discussion on the types of vaccines your kitten will need to receive. Your vet will indicate when they should be administered to your kitten;
  • Discussion of an eventual sterilization of your kitten, and if so, the age at which the operation should be done.

The first medical exam will provide your vet all the information he needs to recommend a healthy nutrition and the immediate care you should provide your kitten. It will also serve as a “reference” to evaluate and compare the health of your companion during future exams.

Other important subjects like how to make a kitten-proof home, feeding your pet, why the grooming is important and some health advises are given in the next pet health tips. Key words to remember as you welcome your kitten: Gentleness, care, patience, consistency, praise and love. Your reward is a delightful companion for years to come.

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