Veterinary Services

New Kitten Guide

At Heartland Animal Hospital in Owatonna, we understand the unique needs of caring for a kitten, and this page serves as a comprehensive resource to guide you through the exciting journey from kittenhood to adulthood and senior years. It offers valuable insights to ensure the best possible care for your new feline companion throughout their entire life.

New Kitten Care

Regular Check-ups

Kittens often require more frequent veterinary visits than older pets.

Preventative Schedule

8 weeks: Leukemia Testing, Deworming, Start Leukemia Vaccination Series.
12 weeks: CVR Vaccination and Leukemia Booster.
16 weeks: CVR Booster and Rabies Vaccine
24 weeks: Spay or neuter and CVR vaccination.

Parasite Prevention
Flea & tick prevention can be dispensed as oral or topical medications. Fleas & ticks carry dangerous diseases.

The benefits of spaying or neutering your pet are beyond behavioral. Medically, it’s important to their health as it reduces the chances of cancers or infections.

Adult Care

Regular Check-Ups
We recommend annual examinations for your adult cat.
Preventative Care & Vaccinations

Vaccinations are given annually. We recommend the following for your pet:

  • Leukemia Vaccine
  • Rabies
Oral Health & Dental Care
Dental care is crucial for your cat.

We recommend regular, at-home preventative oral care.

This includes regular teeth brushing, oral rinses, or vet- approved dental chews.

Our skilled veterinary team provides a comprehensive oral exam during annual exams to determine the need for complete dental cleaning.

Cleanings are often needed annually but may vary depending on your pet.

Baseline Bloodwork
Annual bloodwork serves as a baseline & and assists in detecting a variety of ailments & conditions.

Senior Pet Care


While senior wellness needs are similar to those of an adult feline, as your cat enters their golden years, their healthcare needs may increase. We’re here to address these changing needs and provide tailored senior care to ensure their comfort and enhance their quality of life.

During this stage, beyond general preventative care, we’ll discuss the following considerations:

  • Dietary Adjustments
  • Joint Health Support
  • Dental Care
  • Cognitive Health
  • Lifestyle Modifications
  • Comfort and Pain Management
  • Annual Senior Bloodwork