All foster kittens need routine veterinary care in order to grow and thrive every 2-3 weeks.
Please review all appointment guidelines
If your kitten is sick or you think your kittens might be ready for surgery, please do not book a wellness appointment
what to expect
The first thing we will do is a Wood's Lamp exam, which is a special black light that checks for glowing hairs. This is a precaution to look for ringworm before we touch your kittens. Ringworm is contagious to kittens and to people, so this is always the first thing we'll do.
After the Wood's Lamp exam your kitten will be examined from nose to tail by a trained volunteer or staff person. We'll let you know if there is anything odd that we find or if we have any concerns. We'll also let you know if we have any suggestions to improve your kittens' health.
Once the exam is complete and your kitten is deemed healthy then we will give any vaccines, dewormer, or flea treatment that is needed.
Your kitten may be a little sleepy after their appointment, just let them relax once you get home.
During an appointment, your kitten will be examined from nose to tail to make sure they are healthy
Wellness appointments are usually 15-30 minutes long
You can also pick up supplies after your appointment
My kitten has worms!
Worms are very common in kittens and we do our best to treat them. However, sometimes kittens can have worms. Worms are not an emergency, so you do not need to schedule a sick kitten exam unless the kitten is otherwise sick (e.g., not eating, losing weight, has diarrhea). Instead, take a picture of the worm and bring it to your next wellness exam. We'll treat the worms at that time.
My kitten has fleas!
All kittens are treated for fleas before they leave the shelter. The medicine takes 24-48 hours to totally kill fleas, so if you see any fleas please do not panic. If the fleas are slow, sluggish or barely moving then they are dying. If fleas are jumping off the kitten, that is also a sign that they are "abandoning ship".
We recommend that you remove fleas with a flea comb instead of giving a bath. This is because fleas don't drown easily and you still need to remove fleas after a bath. Bathing also can chill a kitten, which is more dangerous than a few fleas.
If you believe that your kitten has fleas
Kittens need routine veterinary care in order to grow and thrive every 2-3 weeks. You are responsible for making your own appointments and for bringing your kitten's records with you. All appointments are at the San Jose Animal Care Center.
before the exam
After booking your appointment, you'll get an email that you use to cancel or reschedule your appointment
You can also pick up supplies after your appointment, just be sure to let us know at least 24 hours ahead of time so we can prepare everything before your appointment. Click here to fill out a supply request form
Make sure that you have your kitten's paperwork ready to go
We provide hard plastic carriers or cardboard boxes for kittens. Please use the provided carrier and not your personal carrier, since we don't want to share germs with your pets or other kittens
Put your kitten in their provided carrier with a soft blanket
Cover the carrier with a towel so it is dark and the kittens cannot see outside, this helps to create a safe space that is less stressful for the kittens
Always carry the carrier from the bottom, not from the handle or a strap--think about how much those kittens are flying
Arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to your appointment
During an appointment, your kitten will be examined from nose to tail to make sure they are healthy.
Appointments are usually 15-30 minutes long
You can also pick up supplies after your appointment, just be sure to let us know at least 24 hours ahead of time so we can prepare everything before your appointment.
To request supplies, click here.