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I'm taking my kitten to the vet for her first set of vaccinations and tests. My friend is planning on taking her kitten (from the same litter that my kitten is from) to a pet store (Pet Supermarket) for her kitten's vaccinations. I am trying to convince her to take the kitten to a vet since it will be better for him in the long run and a vet will spot any problems during the kitten's exam. She told me I wouldn't know what I am talking about since I am not a vet and she doesn't want to spend the money on a vet visit when the kitten seems healthy. I told her over and over that it is not always obvious when a kitten is sick and she told me it is her cat and it is her decision. I called pet supermarket to find out some information about the vaccinations they distribute and after all the shots and tests they provide it is turning out more than the quote my vet gave me, and pet supermarket doesn't give each kitten an initial exam and they don't treat the cat for anything the tests show such as worms. Also they didn't explain what each vaccine was and what it was for. They definitely didn't seem like they knew a lot about the shots they were giving out.

So I was wondering, what is all the vaccinations that the kitten will need and what the kitten will need to be tested for? Also, how safe are the vaccinations pet stores distribute?
post #2 of 4
Depends on the cat. Indoors only do not require as many vaccs.

I test for FeLV & FIV. I de-worm. Apply flea/tick protection. Vaccinate for distemper combo(booster needed exactly 3-4 weeks after initial shot). I vaccinate for rabies if they are over 12 weeks.

You can vaccinate for FeLV, but that is something you must discuss with your vet.

Tell your friend that your vet is cheaper. See if that gets her to the vet.
post #3 of 4
It will depend upon the kitten's age and what, if any, vaccines she has received prior. If no previous vaccines were given and your kitten is 8 to 12 weeks of age, you will want the vaccines for Rhinotraceitis, Calici Virus and Panleukopenia at the very least. This is a 3-part series of 1 injection containing all 3 vaccines, given approximately 2 weeks apart. At age 16 weeks, you will want Rabies.

Testing is something you should discuss with your trusted vet. If the history of the kitten is not known, or if the history of the parents is unknown, testing for FeLV and FIV is probably advised. If the history of the parents is known and they were tested negatively, then the chances are the kitten is healthy.

You will also want a thorough physical exam including fecal testing for intestinal parasites, including giardia and coccidia. You will have to provide a fresh stool sample on the day of the appointment, so be prepared for that and you will also need to take an additional sample back in about 2 to 3 weeks for subsequent testing. (Some parasites hide - and so retesting in a few weeks is advised)

I hope you can convince your friend to take the vet route, but I wouldn't press the issue with them. All you can do is provide the facts and let them make whatever decisions they feel are best for their pets.
post #4 of 4
Plus, if her kitten reacts badly to the injections (as mine did), then the vets should provide free overnight care, and treament if necessary, and will know an alternative booster to give, with fewer side-effects. Also, I found that as the vets will know exactly what injections were given, they'll know what to look for etc.
My kitten Archie developed a temperature and curled up, refusing to move of his own accord and went floppy when picked up. My vet took in him and his sister for overnight observation, and made sure they stayed hydrated. They also gave them different shots for the booster, kept them in again overnight, and only charged us the initial shots cost.
Basically I'd say it was worth going to the vet even if they weren't cheaper, as there can be scary side-effects and the peace of mind is worth a little inconvenience.
And as White Cat Lover said- I imagine the cheaper option will win in the end.
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