Animal Health Care Center

531 East Springfield Road
Arcola, IL 61910


New Kitten Needs


At AHCC we are diligent about monitoring the latest vaccination and parasite control recommendations.  You can rest assured that your pet will be receiving the best health care plan based on current research.



It is vital to start your kitten's health care plan by visiting your vet as soon as you acquire your new family member. In the state of Illinois, breeders must hold kittens until 8 weeks of age, but vaccinations and dewormings must begin before then.

  •  4 weeks- Dewormed with a general dewormer.
  • 6 weeks- First vaccination for feline distemper and common respiratory diseases(FVRCP), second Deworming, blood test to be sure your kitten is not carrying the feline leukemia virus(FeLV).
  • 9 weeks- Second FVRCP booster, First Feline Leukemia Vaccine (If your kitten has had a negative FeLV test), start flea control plan, internal parasite control plan, and implant microchip.
  • 12 weeks- Third FVRCP booster, Second FeLV booster, and fecal analysis should be performed. Schedule your kittens' spay/neuter appointment.
  • 16 weeks- Final FVRCP booster with Rabies. Continue parasite control plan.
  • Once yearly during adult years your cat should return for a routine thorough health exam, parasite control, nutritional evaluation, and vaccines as recommended for each individuals' needs,
  • As your pet ages, it is important to maintain a regular relationship with your pets' health care team.  Always feel free to contact AHCC if you have any questions about the needs of your family member!

 Some helpful tips on successful veterinary visits:

Place your cat in his/her carrier 2 hours before the visit. This helps make sure your cat is more likely to be hungry and will like to get a treat!!

Be sure to face your cats carrier door away from office traffic.

Don't feel you have to rush to make your cat exit their carrier, we have less stressful ways to have a happy visit!!