Feline Wellness Care

 

  • This vaccine is given in a series of two administered 3-4 weeks apart.  After this series, the vaccine is given annually.

  • The FeLV vaccine is usually recommended for OUTDOOR cats only. However, some boarding kennels will require this vaccine. 

 

Fecal samples:  Rules out intestinal parasites and worms.

  • We typically de-worm kittens at their new kitten visits, as these parasites can be passed from “queen” to kitten in-utero.

  • An annual fecal is recommended for outdoor cats to ensure that no intestinal parasites (some of which live microscopically in the soil) were picked up over the year.

  • Throughout your cat’s life, we will suggest a fecal sample is examined if your cat is experiencing episodes of diarrhea.

Rabies Vaccine: Required by law in Massachusetts.

  • This vaccine is administered at 12 weeks and is effective for 1 year.

  • Cats need to be vaccinated annually.

 

Feline Distemper (FVRCP): Helps to prevent most upper respiratory infections.

  • This vaccine is administered at 8, 12 and between 16-20 weeks, and boostered annually.

 

Feline Leukemia (FELV): Is transmitted by infected cats via saliva while mutual grooming or fighting.

  • MOST OF THESE PARASITES DO NOT POSE A THREAT TO PEOPLE. However, pregnant women should take particular care cleaning the litter boxes and/or attending to the garden where an infected cat may have defecated. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with your physician.

 

Feline Leukemia and FIV testing: 

  • We recommend that this "combo" test is run at 6 months of age.

  • This blood test determines a kitten's exposure to Feline Leukemia and/or FIV (Feline "AIDS")

  • These diseases are species specific and pose no threat to people.