Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan Overview
The following services are included in our Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan.
- Complete kitten vaccine series
- 2 rounds of deworming for GI parasites
- Fecal parasite test
- Convenient in-home exams
- Microchip with lifetime free registration
- All house call fees
- FeLV and FIV test
- 10% Discount on Spay/Neuter
The price is $480. Also available in 6 monthly payments of $90.
Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan Details
We vaccinate all Right Start members with the full kitten vaccine series for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia (FVRCP). We include the Feline Leukemia vaccine for kittens at risk for that disease. Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic uses the safest most effective vaccines available. All of our feline vaccines are adjuvant-free PureVax brand that reduces the risk of Vaccine-Associated Sarcoma, a type of cancer caused by cheap adjuvanted vaccines.
FVRCP Vaccine Series
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are very common causes of upper respiratory disease in cats, leading to stuffy noses, eye discharge, and in the case of Calicivirus, also painful ulcers in the mouth. Panleukopenia is the parvovirus of cats, causing overwhelming sepsis and rapid death. These viruses are highly contagious, and if infected, cats can have flare-ups of Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus for the rest of their lives. Most kittens die of panleukopenia despite treatment.
All kittens need FVRCP vaccines starting at 6 weeks, then every 3 weeks until they are at least 18 weeks of age. You can learn more about why on our blog “Vaccinology.” Right Start Kitten Wellness Plans include the entire FVRCP vaccine series.
Rabies is a 100% fatal virus that can infect puppies if they are bitten by a rabid animal such as a cat, bat, raccoon, fox, or skunk. It is also 100% fatal in humans. That is why all kittens in North Carolina must receive a rabies vaccine at age 12-16 weeks by law. Frankly, there is no rational reason to not vaccinate against rabies according to law throughout the cat’s entire life. Our vaccines are adjuvant-free and very unlikely to cause reactions or cancer. Unvaccinated or overdue cats are subject to quarantine or euthanasia if they bite a human for any reason. It’s simply not worth the risk. All kittens enrolled in the Right Start KittenWellness Plan receive a rabies vaccine between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine
Feline Leukemia is a virus that causes immune system deficiency and cancer in cats. Most cats who are infected with Feline Leukemia die within 3 years of the diagnosis. Kittens are especially susceptible to infection. Any kitten that may have contact with other cats of unknown FeLV or Positive status (strays, going outside, living with an infected cat) should be vaccinated against FeLV. The initial series of 2 vaccines is included in our Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan.
FeLV and FIV Testing
FIV, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is another disease that can infect cats and cause immunodeficiency. You may have guessed that from the name! We test every kitten for FeLV and FIV during their first visit to ensure your kitten is not infected unless they have been tested already. It is a simple blood test and we have the results available during the visit.
Deworming and Fecal Testing in Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan
Because roundworms and hookworms are very common fecal parasites of kittens in this area, we include 2 rounds of fenbendazole (Panacur) with every Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan. Fenbendazole also treats whipworms which are not as common here. If other parasites such as tapeworms, coccidia, or giardia are found during the fecal test, additional medications are included.
Just because you don’t see worms in your kitten’s stool, or they aren’t having diarrhea, doesn’t mean that they are not infected. All but roundworms and tapeworms are too small to see by the naked eye. GI parasites shed eggs that are found in the fecal test only intermittently. Because many of these parasites can also infect people (especially children), it is safer to prophylactically (preventively) deworm all kittens.
If your kitten has soft stools or diarrhea, we’ll run a fecal test right away. Otherwise, we perform fecal testing after the 2 rounds of deworming.
Examinations in Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan
Kittens grow up FAST! The 6 months of a kitten’s life is equivalent to 10 human years. That is why it is so important for Dr. Meghan to examine your kitten at each Right Start Kitten Wellness Plan visit. With our comprehensive Fear Free in-home exams, you can rest assured that any abnormalities in your kitten’s growth and development will be caught early when treatments are better.
Microchips are a way to protect your new furkid so that they can be returned to you if they are ever separated for any reason. Animal hospitals and shelters scan stray animals for a chip, and if one is found, they can contact the owner to be reunited with their pet. In order for the microchip to work, you MUST register it! Some companies charge to register the chip every year. We don’t think that’s fair, so our chips come with lifetime free registration. You can upgrade services if desired but it’s not necessary. All kittens are microchipped as part of the Right Stat Kitten Wellness Plan.
Spay and Neuter
Right Start Wellness Plan members get a 10% discount off spay and neuter services. We recommend spaying and neutering kittens at 5-6 months of age to prevent unwanted litters, reduce the chance of urine spraying in male cats, and eliminate highly annoying female heat cycles. Spaying a female cat before her first heat cycle also reduces the chance of developing breast cancer later in life.