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    jennday Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 10, 2007, 04:02 AM
    I have a 8 week old wild kitten
    I was wondering if I could save myself money by buying the dewormer and ear mites medicine treat her anyway if there's no sighns or should I just start the vets and spend 102 dollars to treat something she might not have
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    Jul 10, 2007, 04:53 AM
    If you do not know if this wild kitten has worms or ear mites, treating her for such, is not your best option. Your best option is to take her to a Vet and have her examined. How do you propose to keep a wild kitten? Please contact your Vet for instructions.
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    alkaline Posts: 61, Reputation: 20
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    Jul 10, 2007, 06:28 AM
    You absolutely need to go to see your vet.

    Your kitten needs to be tested for Feline HIV and Feline Leukemia. This is important so that your kitten can have a healthy future.

    Almost all kittens do have worms. Generally, you will give them one treatment, then another one two weeks later, and then you will bring a stool sample to your vet. Bringing the vet a stool sample is the only way to be sure that your kitten is cleared of the worms (as far as I know). Kittens can reinfect themselves by stepping in their stool and licking their feet, and if the kitten shares a litter box with another cat they can infect the other cat. Until you are sure the kitten is clear of worms you should make sure it doesn't have access to any litterboxes any other cats use.

    The initial visit is a good way to start a relationship between you, the cat, and your vet. You can take this opportunity to discuss having the kitten spayed or neutered (which I strongly suggest you do), and the vet will be able to weigh the kitten and keep records of its overall health.

    If you want your kitten to have a long and healthy life I honestly believe that $100 is a small price to pay to get things started on the right foot.

    Good luck, and let us know what you named it!
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    bushg Posts: 3,433, Reputation: 596
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    Jul 10, 2007, 06:52 AM
    My suggestion would be to take your cat to the vet. Your kitten need shots even if you intend on keping it inside. Spaying/neutering is also necessary. You never know when she will escape. Better to be safe than sorry. As for deworming I have done this for my animals many times. To be on the safe side discuss it with your vet. Noneof my animals have medical problems that would make me be cautious. Here is a good link that discuss things that are related to a kittens needs. You will learn much from reading it. Good luck with your kitten.ASPCA: Pet Care: Cat Care

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