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Newly adopted kittens should visit Memorial Cat Hospital in Houston for a complete physical examination as soon as possible.
The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.
Juvenile cats also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your cat.
Unexplained weight loss
Excessive drinking and/or urination
Loss of appetite or lethargy
Diarrhea or vomiting
Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
Trouble urinating or defecating
Some of the most important vaccines for your young cat include:
Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
Feline Leukemia Virus
Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor cat) and regional considerations. Finally, kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Memorial Cat Hospital about the best food for your cat.
Request an appointment to vaccinate your kitten.
At Memorial Cat Hospital, we follow your cat through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your cat is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives.
Click below for more information on life stage care for your cat.