Kitten Wellness Care Nurturing Kitten Care in Boston, MA

We are thrilled to welcome your new furry friend to Back Bay Veterinary Clinic!

We’ve prepared this collection of information and links to help you settle into life with your new kitten. Please review this before your first appointment with us. We have extra time set aside during this appointment to answer all of your questions!

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Veterinary Visit Checklist


  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) - series of injectable or intranasal vaccines given every 2 to 4 weeks until the kitten is at least 16 weeks old, and then again at 6 months old. Needs to be boostered every 1 to 3 years in adulthood.
  • Rabies - one injectable vaccine, lasts for 1 year. Legally must be given between 12 weeks and 6 months old. Needs to be boostered every 3 years in adulthood.
  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) - series of 2 injectable vaccines, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Vaccine for FeLV will be continued in adulthood only if your cat is at risk for this disease by free roaming outdoors, boarding in a group situation, or living in a household with other outdoor cats.


  • Your kitten will be treated with the broad spectrum topical deworming medication Profender at their first kitten visit to prophylactically treat for common intestinal parasites.

Preventative monthly medications

  • Revolution Plus: topical medication that prevents infection with heartworm, fleas, ticks, and GI parasites.  You will apply this once a month at home.  (We recommend setting reminders on your phone or calendar.)  Continue this lifelong, year-round!  

Preventative Diagnostic testing

  • Two fecal tests at least 2 weeks apart to check for GI parasites.
  • Blood test for viral diseases feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) will be done around 3 to 6 months old. Often this is done at the same time as the blood draw for the pre-anesthetic lab work. We may recommend repeating this test, depending on your individual cat’s risk level.
  • Heartworm blood test may be recommended around 7 months of age or at the first annual adult exam if your kitten is from the Southeast U.S. or other region with high rates of heartworm disease. Annual testing may be recommended for high-risk cats with an outdoor lifestyle.
  • Pre-anesthetic blood test is done before spay or neuter surgery to make sure your kitten is healthy enough to go under anesthesia.
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If your cat has ingested something potentially toxic, we recommend contacting the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435.  If necessary, they will give you a case number that you can reference when you follow up with any veterinary hospital.  You can also search the ASPCA website for the to find out what plants and food items are toxic. 

Some of the most common poisonings we see are from the following items, but this is by no means a complete list:

  • Lilies
  • Grapes / raisins
  • Garlic / onions
  • Antifreeze
  • Marijuana
  • Human medications, including tylenol or ibuprofen 
  • Xylitol, an artificial sweetener
  • Liquid potpourri

If your pet has a serious emergency outside of our normal business hours, please bring them to one of the following locations:

If you’re outside of Boston, other local emergency hospitals include: 

If our clinic is closed, and you’re not sure whether your puppy’s emergency is serious enough for a visit to the emergency clinic or whether it can wait until the next day, you can call us at (617) 247-2273 and speak with GuardianVets, our after-hours triage service staffed by licensed veterinary technicians.