Originally Posted by thaobecca
Can someone please help me with the very basics of cat ownership? I have had cats all my life but now that I am living without my parents I have to take care of a new kitten on my own.
She is about 6-8 weeks old. My boyfriend's mom found the stray litter outside her house this winter.
I am wondering as to what types of shots I should expect when I take her to the vet for the first time and how soon this needs to be taken care of. Also, since I am on a budget, I am curious as to what I can expect to pay for her checkup and vaccinations.
She does not have fleas but she has some small sores behind her ears. There is some pinkish crust on the bottoms of her eyes too.
Sorry if I seem sort of niave. I just want to make sure I do everything right when raising my new baby.
The sooner she goes to the vet, the better. Since this will be her first time, I would recommend getting her vaccinated for FVRCP-C and rabies (if required by law in your state). If your kitten will be indoors & outdoors, I would also recommend the FeLV vaccine. I believe the FVRCP-C and FeLV can be given every other year. All of my boys (except Kionu) get the FVRCP-C vaccine every other year and the FeLV vaccine every 3 years. They are indoor cats so they don't need all the other vaccines. It would do them more harm than good. Also, for her first visit, she should have a physical examination and fecal test.
As far as vet costs, it really depends on your location and your veternarian. The cost of living in Hawaii is insanely expensive, even for our pets.
Kionu's first visit cost about $95.00. This included an examination, FeLV/FIV test, FVCRP-C Vaccination (1st series) and FeLV Vaccination (1st Series). His second visit cost $80, which included a recheck examination, FeLV vaccination (2nd series), FVCRP-C vaccination (2nd series), fecal test and his de-worming medication.
The sores behind her ears could be ear mites. Savanah had them when my mom got her from the Humane Society. Your vet would most likely give her a dose of Revolution and clean her ear with solution. Hopefully your vet is kind enough to give you a free samples!
Kionu had crusty eyes when we first got him. It was the result of fleas and poor care on part of his previous owner. Then again, her eye crusties could just be from the enviroment she was found in, or she could have an upper respiratory infection. Even though you don't see fleas, she could still have them. They are sneaky little buggers. You should ask your vet about a certain pill (I can't remember the name) that kills the fleas within 24 hours. We gave that to Kionu the day after we got him.
Have you thought about getting her microchipped?
P.S. Congratulations on owning your first kitty! It will be an awesome experience...