Lizzie

Cat Tips

When you adopt a new cat, be sure to ask for its health records. Then schedule a general checkup with a veterinarian to ensure your kitty has a clean bill of health.

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Expert Q&A

I have a 6-week-old kitten. Is this the right age for my pet to receive its first shots?

Many kittens receive their first combination vaccine at 6 weeks, so your kitten is at the right age. This shot cocktail, sometimes called FVRCP, safeguards your cat against the following: feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus) and feline calicivirus (viral disease). Vaccinations for rabies and other illnesses might additionally be included. Your kitten will then likely receive other shots when it is 9, 12, and 16 weeks old. Consult with your veterinarian for the appropriate timetable. It's best to spread out the vaccines as much as possible, since they can cause reactions. Most kittens and adult cats are a bit sluggish right after receiving the shots, but this should go away within about a day.

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