If you have just adopted a kitten, you should find a veterinarian as soon as you can. After all, there are a variety of veterinary services that you might need when you first bring a new kitten home. These are some of the services that you should ask your veterinarian about, and they should tell you about other services that they think might be needed for your new kitten.
Performing a Check-Up
First of all, if you haven't yet had your kitten checked out by a veterinarian, this is something that you should do as soon as possible after adopting it. A veterinarian will perform a thorough examination of your cat to be sure that it is healthy and developing properly for its age. They might perform some routine testing to check for illnesses like feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). After all, knowing about these viruses is important to avoid exposing any other cats in your household and to make sure that your new kitten gets all of the treatments that it needs.
It's important to get your kitten desexed as soon as possible. This helps you have a healthier cat, and it helps with behavioural issues. Plus, it will prevent unwanted kittens. If your kitten is too young to be desexed right now, your veterinarian will let you know when to return to have this procedure done.
Cats are commonly affected by various types of worms, including hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. Giving them a deworming medication is important to get rid of any worms that might be present. There are over-the-counter deworming medications that you can purchase and administer yourself, but you may want to have this done by a veterinarian instead. Then, you can be sure that the deworming medication that your cat receives is actually effective for the types of worms that it might be dealing with, and you can also be sure that your new kitten gets the appropriate dose.
It's important for your new kitten to get a variety of vaccinations so it will be as healthy as possible and so that it will not spread diseases and illnesses to other cats. It's essential for your kitten to get a rabies shot; in fact, this is required by law in most places. There are other vaccinations that your kitten should receive for optimal health, however. Your veterinarian can give your kitten its necessary vaccinations now and can let you know when you should bring your kitten back for additional vaccinations and boosters.
For more information on veterinary services, contact a professional near you.