Bringing A Kitten Home Should Be A Vet'S Responsibility: Vet
When bringing home a cat, it is imperative that you get it checked out by a veterinary professional. This is not only for your cat's own health, but also to ensure it doesn't share any serious communicable diseases. If a cat shows signs of illness like watery eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, or failure to eat, it should be seen by a veterinarian. A cat's temperature should be between 99 F and 102 F. The cat should have a normal rhythm to their heartbeat with no murmur. The lungs should be clear with only air passing through them. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends testing FeLV and FIV on all newly-adopted cats. Your vet may administer a de-worming medication to your kitten at each visit. This helps because not all intestinal parasites show up on fecal tests and a large percentage of kitten have them. Most states require cats to get at least a rabies vaccine. You should also discuss other vaccines, such as rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Vaccines need to be given at certain ages and in specific intervals to be effective. . . .