Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital

1000 Memorial Drive SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403



New Kitten Care

Health Recommendations and Information

If this is your first kitten or you had kittens your whole life.  Every kitten is different and they grow into cats who have a mind of their own.  Weather you have questions about nutrition, litter box habits, or introducing your new kitten to your older cat who is already set in their ways, the Doctors and Staff at Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital are here to answer them.  We know how fun it is to have a new kitten in your life or how frustrating it can be when they are waking you up at 4:00 am for play time or climbing your curtains.  We are here to help.  Here are our health recommendations and some general information on caring for you new kitten.

General Health Recommendations

Doctors at the Cedar Rapids Animal Hospital recommend that you bring any new kitten in for a physical exam within the first week of bringing them home. General recommendation is that Distemper/Upper Respiratory vaccinations are given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and Rabies vaccine is given at 16 weeks of age. Occasionally a kitten will be given vaccines at a breeder or shelter.  We recommend that you bring any records given to you to your first appointment so if it is necessary we can adjust your vaccine schedule. Even if your new kitten isn't due for any vaccines it is important to get them checked out to make sure there are not any noticeable health problems.

First Kitten Visit

Physical Exam and Consultation

  • Complete exam of ears, eyes, teeth, heart, lungs, skin and coat, body condition, check for umbilical hernias, and manipulation of knees and hips.
  • Answer any questions you may have about feeding recommendations, litter box habits, introducing your kitten to other animals in your house and anything else you can think of. We encourage you to bring a list!
  • Discuss vaccination recommendations
  • Discuss intestinal parasite medication and flea and tick medication recommendations

Calicivirus/Rhinotracheitis/Panleukopenia Vaccine

Intestinal Parasite Screen (please bring a stool sample)

  • It is not uncommon for kittens to have some intestinal parasites, and we want to make sure that they will be adequately treated.

Deworming for Intestinal Parasites

Feline Leukemia/FIV Test (information below)

Second Kitten Visit

Physical Exam and Consultation

CRP Vaccine Booster

Deworming for Intestinal Parasites

Third Kitten Visit

Physical Exam and Consultation

CRP Vaccine Booster ( good for 1 year)

Rabies Vaccine (good for 1 year)


Declaw (optional)

Feline Leukemia/FIV Testing and Vaccination:

These are fatal diseases caused by a virus.  The feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) impair the cat's immune system much like the AIDS virus in humans.  Virus is shed in very high quantities in saliva and nasal secretions, but also in urine, feces, and milk from infected cats.  Cat-to-cat transfer of virus may occur from a bite wound, during mutual grooming, and (though rarely) through the shared use of litter boxes and feeding dishes. Transmission can also take place from an infected mother cat to her kittens, either before they are born or while they are nursing.  Testing is recommended before introducing new cats/kittens into a household.  If you cat fits into any of the following "at risk" categories, you should plan to vaccinate to prevent these diseases.

       •Outdoor cats or strays

       • Fighting cats, cats with bite wounds

       • Escapees - Those cats that sneak outdoors

       • Cats in multiple cat households with other cats whose infection status is unknown