After she has been fully evaluated to be a fine and healthy kitten, your veterinarian will then give her first vaccine. It should go fairly well that first visit with hardly a meow. After her vaccine is given, your veterinarian will then create computer reminders for you. These reminders will be mailed to your house to remind you to schedule each of her future visits as they become due. That is one less thing you have to worry about remembering. We do it for you!
Kittens usually get three vaccines starting around eight weeks of age, which are spaced four weeks apart, followed by a rabies vaccine at five to six months of age. This may vary slightly based on your own veterinarian's vaccine protocol.
After she gets vaccinated, she will be finished. She is free to investigate the exam room as you and your veterinarian finish up any loose ends. This is the time to pull out your list of questions and start checking them off. Now you can talk about feeding and types of food and treats to give.
You should go over litter box type and placement in the house. This is also a good time to talk about pet insurance, micro chipping and having her spayed later. The best time to spay is usually when they are getting their rabies vaccine because that is the last time that she will need to come in for a while. I think of that visit as a sort of graduation from kitten-hood.
For the rest of her life, she will need to come in only once or twice yearly for wellness exams with booster vaccines being given as needed. She will need to come in for sickness as it occurs throughout her life, although I hope not too often.
As you can see, there is a lot to do on that first visit, so plan accordingly. Leave yourself plenty of time and be prepared. It is OK to ask lots of questions and really take the time to be comfortable with your veterinarian and your new kitten. Remember, you and your veterinarian will kind of become partners in making sure your new kitten becomes healthy and is able to maintain that health for her entire life. Enjoy!
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