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It is always a bit nerve-wrecking for cat owners to bring their kittens to the vet for the very first time. If you are bringing home a new kitten that you just adopted, it is important to have the kitten seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Before the exam starts, a nurse or a veterinarian assistant will check the kitten’s weight and temperature. She may take a blood sample to check for feline leukemia and FeIV. If you have brought a fecal sample with you, she will collect it and take it to the lab to test for parasites.

When the veterinarian arrives, she will start the examination with careful checking through the entire body from the kitten’s head to tail. She will swab the kitten’s ears to check for ear mites or ticks, then comb the coat to look for fleas. You will need to await lab results to find out if your kitten is clear of ear mites.