Congratulations on your new kitten!!!!
Here at Coastal Cats, we love to see your new kittens and thank you for the opportunity to work with you to ensure a long and healthy life.
In order to care for your new kitten, please make an appointment to have Dr. Beekman examine your kitten shortly after he comes to your home. At this first appointment, please bring any paperwork that may have come with your kitten, as well as a fresh sample of your kitten's bowel movement to be tested for internal parasites. Kittens will be tested for Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency virus, usually at the initial visit to ensure the kitten is not infected with either of these feline viruses.
Your kitten will then be examined monthly beginning shortly after you obtain it until it is approximately 16 weeks of age. This is the most rapid growth spurt for your kitten and many things can occur during this time.
Vaccines- Based upon the latest AAFP guidelines, all kittens are vaccinated monthly for Feline Distemper and Herpes and Calicivirus until 16 weeks of age. In addition, Rabies vaccine is administered at approximately 12 weeks. Should you be unsure if your cat may or may not go outside, an initial series of Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccines may be recommended.
Neutering- If your kitten has not already been neutered, we can do so for you as early as 2 weeks past the last vaccine or as late as 6 months. Delaying the procedure beyond this time will allow females to begin their heat cycles and males to begin “tomcat” activity.
Declaw- Coastal Cats does not routinely declaw kittens and cats.