Preventative Health Care

We highly recommend that you bring your new cat to the veterinarian of your choosing within one week for an overall health exam. Puppies and kittens may require further vaccinations as they mature. You should receive your cat’s rabies vaccine/certificate within 2-4 weeks of adoption. While at Hinsdale Humane Society, the cat you adopted received the following preventative health care procedures:


This is a standard vaccine administered to cats. It is sometimes referred to as the Distemper vaccine but it also includes Rhinotracheitis and Calici virus. Kittens and some cats may need additional doses administered by your veterinarian over a period of weeks to achieve maximum immunity from diseases. Until these are complete, it is best to limit the exposure of your kitten to other cats until you are certain your new cat is healthy. Many serious cat illnesses are spread through sneezing and nose touching with other cats. While at the shelter, all cats and kittens receive initial vaccines at admission to help ensure they receive maximum protection against illness and disease. Upon adoption, follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding a vaccination booster schedule for your cat or kitten. 


A dose of medicine to help eliminate common intestinal parasites was given. Do not be surprised to see worms passed in your cat’s elimination. This is to be expected. Continued treatment and other types of parasite control may be needed and can be provided by your veterinarian depending on your cat’s individual needs.


Many products exist that protect your cat from fleas and other parasites. If applicable, your cat received treatment for fleas and/or ear mites. Ask your veterinarian for information about different approaches for continued parasite control. 


Your pet has been microchipped. HHS registers your basic information with 24 Hour Pet Watch. We highly recommend you contact them by calling 866-597-2424 to ensure all necessary information is included and correct.


If your cat or kitten was altered recently, be sure to monitor the surgery site carefully for signs of swelling, redness or discharge, and contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns. 


Long-hair cats require ongoing grooming; it is necessary for their health and well-being. Grooming is not just for looks; it prevents painful mats and allows the skin to breathe. Neglecting this type of care can constitute neglect and causes needless suffering. If you are not able to accommodate your cat’s grooming needs yourself, we will be able to refer you to a good groomer.

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