Kitten Wellness

Kitten wellness begins with expert veterinary care, provided here in our Franklin, NC practice.

The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litter-box training, and behavior.

Schedule your kitten for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new pet is protected against rabies, panleukopenia (distemper), and feline leukemia virus (FeLV). In addition, your kitten will need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young cats.

Most kittens have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for kittens to be treated for roundworms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your kitten is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe.

We recommend your kitten visit us when they are 9, 12, 16, and 19 weeks old for examination and appropriate vaccination. At your last kitten visit, you will receive your pet’s Pet ID card in the mail. This convenient “credit card” has all your pet’s medical information in one location. It also allows you to access your pet’s records on this Website. We’ll also schedule an appointment for you to have your new kitten spayed or neutered. Over-population is a serious problem in Macon County. Even ONE LITTER, perpetuates the vicious cycle. There are not nearly enough homes for all the kittens and puppies born in Macon County each and every year.

To learn more about litter box training, and introducing your kitten to a new home, search this website for the articles “Kitten – Using the Litter Box”, and “Kitten – Introducing to a New Home”. Or, email your question to