Chapter 10: First health check for your kitten

You kitty is finally settled and he’s enjoying his new home but now it’s time for his first trip to the vet for his health check. When is it better to bring your kitty to the vet? What informations the vet will need? What is going to happen at the vet appointment? How to make sure your kitty will enjoy his trip?

Well, when we got Otto, we did our best to bring it to the vet to be checked just to make sure he was healthy and everything was fine. 

Before we went to collect him from the breeder, we had a look to find which veterinary clinics were around our area, quite close to our home and with a good reputation. We found “Vets4Pets” veterinary clinic was very close and with a good reputation.

On the adoption day, the breeder confirmed us that the clinic we picked was good and Otto’s mum was followed by them and they have been fabulous looking after her. He also made sure we had all the informations we needed about Otto, so we could help the vet to register and check him properly at the first appointment.

It’s very important when you adopt a kitten that you get all the main information about your kitten health from the breeder. So, make sure that before you leave the breeder’s house you have these pieces of evidences and info:

  • Date of birth
  • Any complication at the birth,
  • When he has been wormed and fleaded,
  • When he has been vaccinated and which vaccinations he received
  • Pedigree Certificate and registration if it is a pedigree kitten
  • Any health problem that he could have inherited from the mother that will need surgical attention in the future

Having all this informations will make easy to answer to all the vet’s question at the first health check appointment.

We decided to take an appointment for Otto for his health check as soon as we can.

When you adopt a kitten, it’s very important to check his general health. It would be ideal if you can have him checked straight away before you bring him home but it’s not always possible. So just try to get an appointment as soon as you can to get your kitten check by the vet just to make sure he is healthy and find out immediately if there are any special treatment that he will require.

For us, it’s been even more tricky get Otto to be check straight away from the vet due to Covid-19 pandemic. We have to book an appointment through their online website. I have to say that it was very simple and easy and luckily we managed to get an appointment in few days.

Few days before the appointment, the vet clinic sent us an email to get all the informations they need to register Otto at the clinic and tell us what to do with Otto the day before the appointment. Thanks to our experience, now I’m able to give you some really nice tips to make the visit to the vet less stressful for your fur baby:

  1. Use a carrier to bring the kitten to the clinic
  2. The day before the vet trip, leave the carrier in a room and let the kitten explore it and smell it
  3. Put his blanket and some toys inside the carrier so during the trip your kitten will feel safe and at home

This is exactly what we have done to bring Otto to his first health check and he was very relaxed and only a bit agitated. He is been very good and we didn’t have any issues!

Due to Covid 19 situation, only one of us could go with Otto to the vet and no one could go inside the room during the health check but the staff was so nice, kind and helpful. They went through with me about everything they checked explaining what they were looking for.

So, first of all, the veterinarian will perform a physical examination of your kitty to find physical abnormalities and this is what he will check:

  • Looking inside your kitten’s mouth and checking the teeth, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth.
  • Checking his temperature.
  • Palpating his abdomen.
  • Listening to his heart and lungs.
  • Checking his mobility, testing his muscles and joints.
  • Checking his eyes.
  • Checking his ears for mites.
  • Combing his fur for evidence of fleas.
  • Checking his weight
  • Give him first shot of vaccinations if appropriate.

If your kitten is not vacccinated, on the first health check the vet will give him even his first shoft of vaccinations.

Kitten and cats are normally vaccinated against the feline panleucopaenia virus (FPLV), feline herpes virus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV) known aslo as Tricat Trio and the the Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV).

Normally, kitten can be vaccinated from nine weeks old and will need a second set of injections 2-4 weeks after the first shot to complete the course. Then your cat will need to have a booster shot once a year to make sure he stays fully protected for his whole life.

Luckily, our little Otto was perfectly healthy and everything was fine! He passed his health check with amazing marks and the nurse, when she gave it back to me, said that he has also been super brave when he had his vaccination jab!!! We couldn’t be more happy to have a perfectly healthy and full of energy fur baby to love!

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