The first year of your a kitten’s life is by far the most important with regard to his or her health.
This timeline will help you keep track of important dates and milestone developments in the first 12
months so you can make sure your kitten grows up to be a healthy and happy adult.

8 –12 weeks
Time for a visit to the veterinarian for a checkup and her first round of vaccines
Talk to your veterinarian about de-worming and ongoing heartworm prevention
Begin socializing her
Begin litter box training
Ask your veterinarian about flea control products for your pet

12 – 15 weeks
Round 2 vaccines and deworming are due
Get your kitten accustomed to being groomed

4 months
Start getting your kitten used to being groomed and handled
Get her used to wearing a collar if desired
Continue socializing her

5 months
Get your kitten used to her carrier

6 months
Your kitten will have lost all her baby teeth by now and have a full set of adult teeth
Get your kitten used to tooth brushing using a special toothbrush and toothpaste for cats
Neutering (for males) or spaying (for females) at around 6 months of age may help prevent certain diseases and reduce hormone-related behavior problems

7 – 12 months
Start to introduce your kitten to adult cat food