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Kitten Wellness Plan

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Congratulations! The decision to adopt a kitten a fun filled, exciting, and challenging time for most new pet parents! At RegionalVet, we are thrilled to share in your joy and want to ensure that your new little one gets off on the right paw!

As a new kitten parent, it is important to know what to expect at your upcoming visits. We've outlined a simple, but comprehensive Kitten Wellness Plan.


"Kitten 1" Visit

Age: For kittens between 8 - 11 weeks of age.

Vaccines & Medications given: 1st Fvrcp and Deworming medication

Important items the doctor will ask about: Litterbox training, what and how much you are feeding your kitten.

Owners should come prepared: With any questions, and a kitten fecal sample.


"Kitten 2" Visit

Age: For kittens between 11 and 14 weeks of age.

Vaccines & Medications given: 2nd Fvrcp, 1st Feline Leukemia and Deworming medication is provided to go home, as well as Flea & Tick Prevention.

Important items the doctor will ask about: Litterbox training, what and how much you are feeding your kitten.

Owners should come prepared: With any questions, and a kitten fecal sample.


"Kitten 3" Visit

Age: For kittens over 14 weeks of age, and having completed Kitten 2

Vaccines & Medications given: 3rd Fvrcp, 2nd Feline Leukemia, 1 Year Rabies Vaccine. Deworming, Flea & Tick Prevention and Heartworm medication scripted or provided to go home with.

Important items the doctor will ask about: Litterbox training, what and how much you are feeding your kitten. At this appointment we also talk about the benefits of spaying or neutering your kitten, we can provide an estimate for the surgery and even set up the appointment for the spay or neuter.

Owners should come prepared: With any questions, and a kitten fecal sample. Also, we will take a blood sample at this appointment in preparation for your kitten's upcoming spay or neuter


"Kitten 4/Adolescent Cat" Visit

Age: For kittens between 9 - 15 months old

Vaccines & Medications given: Ensure all vaccines have been given on schedule and update as necessary. Heartworm and Flea & Tick Prevention medication supplies scripted or provided to go home.

Important items the doctor will ask about: We will talk about the benefits of microchipping, if your kitten has not already been.

Owners should come prepared: With any questions, and a kitten fecal sample. Also, we will recommend basic bloodwork to be done at this appointment to provide a healthy baseline for your kitten. See why this is important.


Litter Box Training for Kittens

Kittens learn early on (usually around three to four weeks of age) how to appropriately eliminate by watching their mothers. And because cats are generally very clean and have a natural instinct to eliminate to sand and soil, most new pet parents do not have a difficult time teaching their new kitten to use the litter box.

When introducing your new cat to your home, it is often recommended to initially confine him or her to one room or area with food, a litter box, some toys and a comfortable bed and scratching post. This creates a "safe place" for him or her, and helps to ease into the smells, sounds and feeling for their new home without being overwhelmed. Provide a new, clean box that is easily accessible to them without being accessible to other cats (or kids) in the household. And keep this area free of houseplants as they can not only be dangerous if eaten, but the soil in the pot may distract them from the litter box.

To introduce your new kitten to the litter box, gently place him or her inside and take his or her paws to show them how to scratch the litter. Do this several times throughout the day, without ever forcing him or her inside. You always want to create a positive feeling when they are in or around the litter box. Should your new little one decide to eliminate in the litter box, quietly back away (cats like their privacy), and reassure him or her with love and praise when they are successful. It's important to not punish a cat for inappropriately eliminating, as this is sometimes just a natural part of training, or if persistent, could even be signaling a medical issue. Most new kittens successfully learn how to use their new litter box in a relatively short period of time, but if you are concerned or the training is not going well, always check with your veterinarian to rule out a medical concern and discuss other ways to encourage success.