Kittens require a thorough examination, appropriate tests and a series of vaccinations and deworming. Our educated team members provide you with everything your new family member will need to get off to a healthy start.

Vaccine protocol for kittens

1st set 2nd set 3rd set
Deworm   Deworm   Rabies
FELV test Fecal sample sent to lab

It is not uncommon for kittens to experience some fever, lethargy, or anorexia for 14-36 hours after vaccination. There may also be mild swelling or pain at the injection sites.

Kittens should begin a series of vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age. In order to be fully protected, a young kitten will need to obtain two to three sets of vaccinations at three-week intervals. For example, a kitten that receives its first set of shots at 7 weeks of age will also need vaccinations at 10, and 13 weeks of age. A kitten that has had only one set of vaccinations is NOT protected against common feline diseases. Be aware that if you begin a series of vaccinations but do not return for the follow-up booster vaccinations on time, you may need to start the series over again. At Timpanogos Animal Hospital, we recommend a combination vaccine for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia, and Panleukopenia, as well as individual Rabies and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccinations.

Feline panleukopenia (mistakenly called “feline distemper”) is a disease that infects mostly young kittens and cats and is often fatal. It is very similar to parvoviral enteritis in dogs but it does not carry such a favorable prognosis in cats. Signs include fever, respiratory congestion, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also included in the combination vaccine are chlamydia, calicivirus, and herpesvirus (rhinotracheitis virus). These all cause upper respiratory tract infections recognized by ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing, fever, and inappetence. These are the most common infectious diseases in cats. Occasionally, these can progress to pneumonia. Death from dehydration can result in young kittens. The severity of these infections can be greatly reduced by vaccination. These diseases are also highly contagious, and infected cats should be isolated (different air space) from other cats. These illnesses DO NOT affect dogs or people. Cats that are 9 months or older should not get the chlamydia vaccination.

Rabies vaccination in cats is essential and is required by law. In Utah, rabies is carried by bats, and the predatory tendencies of cats put them at risk when they capture sick bats. In past years, cats were the domestic animal most commonly reported to have rabies in Utah. Rabies is given at 12 weeks of age, boostered 1 year later, and then given every 3 years.

FeLV is the most common fatal infectious disease of cats. Vaccination is recommended for cats that will go outdoors at all, even if they are supervised. Cats should also be vaccinated if they live with a cat that goes outdoors, even if they are a strictly indoor pet. Two vaccinations, starting at 10-12 weeks of age and separated by 3 weeks, are required. FeLV vaccination is especially recommended for multiple-cat households.

The presence of roundworms is extremely common in kittens. For this reason, we administer an inexpensive yet effective dewormer to all kittens on their first and second visits. The third time that we see your kitten; we will perform a fecal flotation test to ensure that there are no resistant roundworms. Our routine kitten dewormer does not kill tapeworms, which cats may get from catching mice or birds. If you see small, white rice-like segments near your pet’s perineum, we will prescribe a different dewormer for this problem.