Kitten season is just around the corner. Now is the time to have your cats spayed and neutered to prevent unwanted litters. It is generally recommended that they be 6 months of age or older, but can be fixed younger as long as they weigh at least 2 pounds. That being said, it’s also the time of year when many people adopt new kittens. In order to give your kitten the best start, regular vaccination and deworming are recommended. Kittens should be vaccinated with the Upper Respiratory/Distemper combination (FVRCP) at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.

If your kitten is going to be outdoors and come in contact with unknown cats, a Feline Leukemia vaccine is also recommended at 12 and 16 weeks. Depending on the history of your kitten or cat, testing for Feline Leukemia before vaccinating may be warranted. The first Rabies vaccine can be given as early as 3 months of age and is good for 1 year.

Deworming is generally done with each FVRCP vaccine at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. An additional dose may be given if the kitten has never been dewormed before.