Prices vary slightly depending on your region, your vet surgery’s consultation fees and the treatment your kitten is receiving. Your vet may also suggest leukemia and feline aids tests. While these tests are not required, it is recommended you get them.
How much is a vet check for a kitten?
The average cost for a kitten’s first vet visit is around $100 or £90, which will typically include a general health check, weight, flea & worming treatment, and first vaccinations.
When should a kitten go to the vet for the first time?
While there is no set rule, it is advisable to have your kitten’s health checked within 24-48 hours of adoption. This is to ensure your kitten is not carrying any diseases or parasites that could cause further health complications or be passed on to other animals.
If your adult cat has giving birth, newborn kittens should be seen by a vet within 2 days of birth. This is to check that all the kittens are healthy, nursing well and that the mother is also doing well.
How many vaccinations do kittens need?
Kittens should have their first vaccine doses at 8 or 9 weeks old, then the top-up vaccines at 12 weeks. After this, they will require a yearly booster vaccine.
Feline vaccines protect against a range of infectious diseases, including feline influenza, leukaemia and feline infectious enteritis.
What happens if you don’t give your cat shots?
Unvaccinated cats are at risk of several serious diseases that can cause long term medical conditions or even death.
Feline influenza, more commonly known as cat flu, is a respiratory illness similar to human flu. It can be fatal for kittens, so getting them vaccinated can be a lifesaving decision. Symptoms of cat flu include nasal and eye discharge, lethargy, loss of appetite, sneezing, breathing difficulties and collapse. Cats can carry feline influenza for life and can pass it to other unvaccinated cats.
Unvaccinated cats can also develop feline infectious enteritis or feline parvovirus. This is a disease that affects the white blood cells and the intestinal tract. FIE causes damage to the lining of the intestines, leading to severe digestive complaints. The disease also reduces the body’s white blood cells, meaning the immune system cannot effectively fight infections. Pregnant cats can pass it to their unborn litter, but most cases are spread via infected faeces.
Symptoms of FIE include vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite, weight loss, lethargy and seizures.
Feline leukaemia (FeLV) is a viral infection that causes the development of cancerous tumours, leukaemia and lymphoma. Cats with FeLV have a weakened immune system and can suffer severe symptoms even from mild infections. FeLV can be spread via most bodily fluids, including saliva, urine, milk and faeces.
Symptoms include lethargy, weight loss, fever, chronic diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, digestive issues, skin irritation and depression.