Ask Seth: New Kitten
I have a kitten and I am going to the vet next week. What tests should they run for my new cat to make sure he doesn't get my older cat sick?
What I recommend is what the veterinarians I worked with always recommended. This is a feline AIDS and feline leukemia snap test for any cat with an unknown status. These two diseases are life threatening and should be known prior to bringing a cat into a new household. These diseases can only be transferred from cat to cat by direct contact and are very contagious and deadly. If the tests come up negative, the vet may want to vaccinate, which is recommended. If it comes up positive, discuss your options with your veterinarian. I would also recommend performing a fecal exam. You don’t want to your current catto catch any internal parasites. Good luck with new addition!
Share this article with your cat-loving friends!