Amesbury Animal Hospital

277 Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913


Kitten Wellness Program

Every kitten deserves to start out life happy and healthy! Below are the basic recommendations for our kitten wellness program. We tailor our protocol based on your kitten's age, lifestyle (i.e. indoor versus outdoor) and level of exposure. For your kitten's first visit, we perform a complete physical examination and address a variety of health care concerns including diet, exercise and routine care.  We recommend every kitten be tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) because both diseases can have serious consequences for your kitten's future health as well as for your other cats. An intestinal parasite screening is also recommended at the first visit and we will send you home with a free "kitten kit" that includes one month of Feline Frontline and Heartgard. At each follow-up visit, we perform a complete physical examination to monitor your kitten's growth and development. Please see the "Feline vaccination" page for an explanation of each vaccine.

**Remember, this is an example of one protocol and we may decide on a different one for your kitten based on a number of factors (age, exposure, previous vaccinations, etc).

First Visit (8 weeks):
-        Physical examination/Weight
-         Intestinal parasite screening
-         FeLV/FIV testing
-         1st FDRC vaccine (Feline Distemper/Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus)
Second Visit (12 weeks):
-         Physical examination/Weight
-         2nd FDRC booster
-         1st FeLV vaccine (Feline Leukemia)
Third Visit (16 weeks):
-         Physical examination/Weight
-         2nd FeLV booster
-         Rabies vaccine
During these first few visits with your kitten, we also like to cover a variety of health care topics and concerns. Please feel free to look through the list below so you can be prepared to discuss them with your veterinarian.

-         Intestinal parasites and de-worming
-         Litter box training/habits
-         Diet: type, amount, feeding
-         Flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Advantage, other)
-         Spay/neuter
-         FeLV/FIV testing
-         Grooming/Bathing/Nail trimming
-         Ear cleaning, monitoring for debris
-         Vaccines (indoor versus outdoor risk)