Basic Kitten Care
First and Foremost: Vaccinations
Many common diseases, including Distemper, are deadly to your cat. During the initial
day of nursing, kittens receive antibodies against certain diseases from their mother's
milk. These protecting antibodies are gradually lost between 6 and 16 weeks of age. A
series of vaccinations are given during this period to stimulate your kitten's immune
system to produce its own antibodies. Even if your cat never goes outside, many viruses
are quite hardy, and can be carried to your cat on your hands, shoes or clothing. Make
sure your pet is protected!
|We recommend a vaccination schedule for these diseases as follows:
||Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) depending on risk of exposure
Feline leukemia Virus is a deadly disease that spreads directly from cat to cat, often from
mother cats to their kittens before or shortly after birth. As many as 40% of cat deaths
annually are due to Feline Leukemia and related viruses.
A blood test once your kitten is over 12 weeks of age will determine if your cat or kitten
already harbors this disease. In some cases of unknown exposure it may be recommended
to run a second test 3 months after the initial test. If there are no other cats in the home
you can elect to have the test ran 3 months after the cat has been kept strictly indoors. If
the tests are negative, two initial vaccinations for FeLV, 3-4 weeks apart, and then yearly
boosters, will prevent Feline Leukemia in your cat. If your cat goes outdoors, vaccination
may be recommended.
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