Cousin Rose--at the Bridge

How can you tell how old a kitten is?

My son just adopted a kitten that was found by a friend. The friend's vet said she is 4 weeks old, but she eats dry kitten food and drinks from a bowl. I wouldn't think a 4-week old kitten would do that. And they said she is sneezing a lot and on antibiotics, but not old enough for her shots yet. Is there any way to tell a kitten's age?

Asked by Cousin Rose--at the Bridge on Jul 28th 2008 in Vaccinations
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Four week old kittens can and should be eating on their own. That does not mean that they can't still nurse. Your vet is most likely right on about you kittie's age. The sneezing is from an upper respiratory infection (URI) and the antibiotics are for any secondary infections from the URI such as sneezing, runny nose or goopy eyes. Your kitten should have it's first shot at 8 weeks, then at 12 and 16 weeks. Your vet is estimating your kittens age based on it's teeth, at this age it's pretty accurate.

Also, do not forget to have your kitten tested for FIV/FeLV if it has not already been done. Putting L-lysine, which you can buy online, is it's food will help boost it's immune system.

Rascal answered on Jul 28th.

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