Friendship Animal Hospital, P.C.

9825 S. Mason Rd., Suite 150
Richmond, TX 77406


 Kitten Preventive Care Guidelines

Exams and Vaccinations


Kittens need regular check ups to:

  • monitor normal growth and development
  • evaluate for parasites and start a healthy parasite control program that protects both the kitten and the family
  • address early behavior issues
  • implement a vaccine series to protect from preventable infectious diseases


Kittens should have the following vaccines:

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) vaccine:
    • Core vaccine (all cats need this)
    • Usually administered at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age
    • Repeated at the first adult visit, then every three years
  • Rabies vaccine:
    • Core vaccine (all cats need this)
    • Between 12-16 weeks of age.
    • Boosted yearly
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia) Vaccine:
    • Recommended for all kittens and for at risk adult cats
    • Initial vaccine is boosted in 3-4 weeks.
    • Usually administered at 12 and 16 weeks of age
    • Boost yearly if indicated by risk of exposure as an adult.


***  Adjuvant is a chemical that is added to vaccines to encourage a stronger response from the patient's immune system.  However, it also appears to increase the risk of vaccine-related skin tumors.  We use only cat vaccines without adjuvant, and vaccinate only as much as is medically indicated, in order to reduce the risk of vaccine-associated sarcomas in our feline patients.  ***


Kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites

  • 2-4 times a year
  • If parasites are found, a follow up test should be performed to verify successful treatment
  • See the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) Guidelines and info available at


Testing for FeLV (feline leukemia virus) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus)

  • Test for FeLV prior to vaccinating for this virus
  • The combo FeLV/FIV test is recommended after 4-6 months of age due to the potential for inaccurate FIV results in younger kittens.


Spaying or Neutering is recommended around 4-6 months of age. 




Feed a quality diet that is appropriate for age and lifestyle.

  • Start watching for excessive weight gain in the older kitten and adjust calories accordingly
  • Consider feeding a variety of quality canned and dry foods
  • Consider placing food in a variety of places around the house to encourage smaller, frequent meals.


Socialization and Enrichment


Socialize early (preferably before 4 months of age) to:

  • New people
  • Other animals
  • Children
  • Handling of the mouth, ears, and feet
  • Nail trims


Indoor Lifestyle and Environmental Enrichment

  • Keeping cats inside protects them from a variety of injuries and infectious disease
  • Enriching the environment or allowing cats to be in a strictly supervised outdoor environment or enclosure is key to preventing boredom, stress, and inactivity and the associated behavior problems and weight management problems.
  • Provide companionship with regular human interaction
  • Provide an outlet for normal behaviors:
    • Variety of interactive toys and hunting games
    • Scratching posts, both vertical and horizontal, in desirable locations
    • Cat trees, perches, or shelves to allow for climbing and to increase overall space in the home
    • Food Treasure Hunt
    • Litter boxes
      • Place in a quiet, accessible, private place
      • Clean frequently
      • One box per cat plus one
  • Visit the web site for the Indoor Cat Initiative at for more information.