The cat in its earliest childhood is a very fragile animal, which must be protected more if possible than an adult. Your immune system is not as developed as it will be once you reach the age of majority, so your health is at greater risk now than in the future.
Having a tiny body makes you cold or heat very quickly, so anything can make you sick. To avoid problems, I will tell you when should take the kitten to the vet.
First visit to the veterinarian
If you plan to adopt a kitten, you should take it as soon as possible to the professional to examine your eyes, limbs, and check your vital signs, and start the vaccination plan you must follow in order to prevent them from contracting diseases as serious as Feline Calicivirosis or Feline Leukemia.
In addition, in this first visit you can ask what treatment you can give to avoid parasites, both internal (the worms) and external (fleas, ticks, mites), as they can seriously harm you.
When do you have to take it again?
After the first visit, you have to take it back every time you have to give a vaccine. The most common vaccination schedule is as follows:
- At 2 months: feline trivalent (feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirosis and feline viral rhinotracheitis).
- At 4 months: reinforcement of feline trivalent.
- At 6 months: rabies and leukemia.
- From the year: reinforcement of feline trivalent, leukemia and rabies. These vaccines are usually given once a year.
But not only do you have to take it to be vaccinated, but also every time you suspect that you are sick or in pain, that is, each time you show some of these symptoms:
- Loss of appetite and/or weight
- Swollen belly
- Excessive drooling (that has suddenly appeared)
- Difficulty walking well
- Appearance of lumps or ulcers
- Trouble breathing
And, in general, any other symptom that worries us.
Although the role of the veterinarian is important, the true center of your kitten’s universe is you, and your well-being depends on your knowledge and care. Therefore, you should start checking your cat’s health condition as soon as possible you watch any inconsistency in their behavior.
In addition, it is especially important to inspect your kitten’s teeth for tartar. If you see that your cat’s gums are red and swollen, take it to the vet and it will be perfect soon. Try to see its teeth at least once a year, coinciding for example with the date of the vaccines.
As much as I groan as a protest, it is important that you follow a good routine of grooming, deworming and flea control, in addition to regular checkups and vaccines. Give lots of love and soon forget their complaints.
To finish, I also recommend you take it if you do not want to raise it to be sterilized or cast at five or six months of age. These are surgical interventions that will avoid unwanted litters and make the kitten can lead a long and happy life.