Welcoming a new kitten into your family is an exciting time, but it also can present many questions and concerns - especially for first time cat owners. At Kindness Animal Hospital, we are here to provide guidance for you and your new kitten so that he or she can grow up happy and healthy.
Kittens are more vulnerable to illness as their immune system is still in development, so it is important to bring your new kitten in for his or her first wellness exam as soon as possible. During the first exam, we will perform a thorough physical examination to look for any underlying or potential health conditions. Our veterinarians also will create a vaccination schedule that is best for your kitten according to his or her health and anticipated lifestyle.
The kitten wellness visit is the perfect time to ask us any questions you have regarding caring for your kitten, such as diet and exercise, behavior issues, litter box training, or vaccinations. We also will discuss the importance of microchipping your new kitten to ensure that your pet returns home safely if he or she is ever lost. Visit our page on microchipping to learn more.
For your kitten’s first exam, please bring a fresh stool sample (ideally less than 12 hours old) and any health information provided to you by the seller or shelter, such as previous vaccinations and deworming. For your kitten’s safety and the safety of others, please arrive with your kitten in a secured pet carrier. If you have any questions about your kitten’s first visit or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (301) 949-2511.