Kittens should be vaccinated every four weeks with their kitten vaccines to help booster their immunity. To keep track of what vet visits your new kitten needs, follow this schedule of their kitten vaccines.
6 To 8 Weeks:
- First Distemper and Upper Respiratory Vaccination (FVRCP).
- Treat for roundworms and hookworms using an oral medication, Pyrantel.
- Feline Leukemia Test (ideally repeated in 6-8 weeks). This is a blood test.
- First Leukemia Vaccine (FELV) – recommended for cats with potential exposure (i.e. goes outside; lives with another cat that is FELV positive, etc.). Started at 8 weeks of age if indicated.
10 Weeks Old:
- Repeat oral treatment for roundworms and hookworms (this is typically sent home with you after their first kitten visit).
12 Weeks Old:
- FVRCP booster
- FELV booster (if indicated)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Repeat oral treatment for intestinal parasites.
16 Weeks Old:
- FVRCP booster
- Intestinal Parasite Check. Please submit fresh stool sample.
4 to 6 Months:
- Neutering (Female-spay, Male-castration). These surgical procedures are safe and greatly reduce your cat’s risk of cancer and other reproductive diseases when performed between 4-6 months of age.
- Comprehensive Physical Exam
- Update appropriate vaccines
- Intestinal Parasite Check for cats that go outdoors or indoor cats that may still catch mice. Please submit fresh stool sample.
Seasonal (In Maine, generally April through November):
- Situational parasite control:
- Indoor Cats: Flea control if in household where other animals go outside, or if in an environment where fleas are a problem.
- Outdoor Cats: Flea/Tick/Ear Mite/Intestinal Parasite/Heartworm preventative–topical Revolution.