Apple Valley Animal Hospital

3015 Chimney Rock Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28792


We know prevention is the best medicine for keeping your pet companion happy and healthy.
Here are our life-stage recommendations for the felines in your life.


Your Cat's First Year: Getting a Healthy Start


Just like humans, kittens need vaccinations to grow up healthy.  At six weeks maternal antibody levels begin to fade leaving kittens unprotected. We recommend the following vaccination and testing schedule for most cats. Strictly indoor cats will receive different recommendations based on other pets in the household.


Between Six and Eight weeks:

FVRCP -  An important vaccination against Feline Rhino-tracheitis, Calici- and Panleukopenia viruses. This vaccination requires 2 boosters (about 3 weeks apart).

FeLV & FIV Test -  Tests for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus which is the feline equivalent of the human AIDS virus.

Parasite Testing & Treatment - Worms are common in kittens and can be fatal if not treated. In our area hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms are common. Of these hookworms and roundworms can be transmitted to humans.

Heartworm Prevention -  These potentially fatal parasites live in the heart and pulmonary artery. Recent studies show 25% of cats in the Southeast have been exposed.

Between Nine and Eleven weeks:

FVRCP Booster #2

FeLV Vaccine -  Protects cats against Feline Leukemia, the second leading cause of death in cats. This vaccination requires 2 boosters (about 3 weeks apart).

Between Twelve and Fourteen Weeks:

FVRCP Booster #3 (final booster, 1 year)

FeLV Booster #2

Between Fifteen and Sixteen Weeks:

FeLV Booster #3 (final booster, 1 year)

Rabies (1 year) - A fatal viral disease of the nervous system which can be transmitted to humans. Rabies vaccination is required by law. Boosters are also required if your pet is contacted by an animal of unknown vaccination history.

Flea/Tick Protection - Several options are available and our doctors will make specific recommendations based on your cat's lifestyle.

During each of these visits our doctors and staff will give you information on health care, diet and training, and answer any questions you have.

Between Four to Six Months:

Spay/Neuter - These procedures can significantly increase the lifespan of your pet. These are the reasons we recommend spays and neuters:


Spay (female)

    -Stops the monthly heats and vocalizing

    -Eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancies

    -Greatly reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers

    -Eliminates the risk of uterine infections

Neuter (male)

    -Increases life expectancy

    -Reduces urine marking

    -Reduces roaming and fighting instincts

    -Reduces cancer and disease of the prostate and testes

    -Reduces exposure to FIV and FeLV

Years 2 through 6: The Adult Cat

Preventive Medicine and Testing - Vaccination boosters and regular health testing are vital to your pets health. Since a cat's lifestyle often changes with age, our vaccination recommendations will be tailored to your cat's exposure risk and general health.



     -Physical examination

     -Blood profile

     -Fecal Test - Checking for internal parasites.

     -Urinalysis - Tests for early kidney disease, diabetes, and other systemic diagnosis.

     -Deworming for cats who spend time outdoors

     -Monthly Heartworm medication


Every other year: 

      -FeLV Booster (at risk cats) 


Every third year: 

      -FVRCP Booster

     -Rabies Booster (using only the non-adjuvated vaccine)

Dental Care:   Click here for more dental health information

Some of the most common, and most preventable conditions we see are periodontal disease and tooth injury. Studies show proper dental care adds an average of two years to a cats life. Dental health is as important for our pets as it is for us. Since diet, lifestyle and breed disposition all play a part in periodontal disease progression, our doctors will make recommendations as needed for your pet.

Years Seven and Over: The Senior Years


     -Physical Examination

     -FeLV Booster (for at risk cats)

     -Fecal Test - Checking for internal parasites.

     -Urinalysis - Tests for early kidney disease, diabetes, and other systemic diagnoses.

     -Blood Profile

      -Monthly Heartworm Medication

Every third year:

    -FVRCP Booster

     -Rabies Booster (using only the non-adjuvated vaccine)

Growing OldSprocket

Just as in humans, the probability of illness and disease in cats increases with age. Kidney disease, heart disease, thyroid conditions, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer are common in senior cats. As your cat reaches its senior years, early detection and proper medical care are the keys in providing a higher quality of life for your cat. Effective new treatments are available to reverse or effectively manage these conditions if detected early.