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We recommend that any new kitten be tested for Feline Leukemia (FELV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) prior to vaccination. This provides knowledge that these incurable, but sometimes manageable diseases are present. Kittens need to be checked for fungal infections, external parasites and internal parasites on their first visit. Their heart and lungs will be auscultated to verify that they are normal.
Kitten vaccinations are started at 6 weeks of age and boosters are given at 9, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Vaccines administered at 6 and 9 weeks are given subcutaneously and include Rhinotracheitis , Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FRCP). Rabies immunization is given at 12 or 16 weeks of age. The FRCP vaccine is repeated at 12 and 16 weeks of age. Other elective vaccines available are Feline Leukemia (FELV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) These require boosters also to create the initial immunity for a young kitten.