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KITTEN CARE SHEET 

 

  


Firstly, congratulations on acquiring a new member of your family! We hope that the following will you help find your way through what can be a confusing amount of information about your new kitten.

 

Vaccination

Keeping your new kitten safe is of paramount importance. He/she is at risk from three diseases which can be vaccinated against : cat flu, enteritis and feline leukaemia. We can start vaccinations from 9 weeks old, with a second injection three weeks later. Thereafter boosters are once a year, and we will send out a reminder in the post when this is due. Your kitten should be kept away from other cats if they are not up to date with their vaccinations, until a week after the second vaccination.

 

Microchipping

We strongly recommend that you microchip your kitten. This is the best way to ensure that should your kitten become lost, it can be traced directly back to you. The procedure is quick and can be done at the same time as a vaccination, and lasts for the lifetime of your pet.

 

Worming

Kittens are naturally inquisitive and can pick up all sorts of parasites and often carry roundworm infections from their Mum. These can look like strings of spaghetti (sometimes seen in vomit!) but usually infection is not visible to the naked eye, and eggs in the faeces are microscopic. Roundworms can be passed from cat to cat so regular worming is essential in cats that go outdoors.  Tapeworms also affect kittens and our wormers eliminate both types. We provide only Veterinary-approved, highly effective worming treatments. Worming is weight based so bring your kitten for weighing each time, or pop them on the scales at home, to ensure the correct dosage. 

 

We recommend worming :

every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then

every 4 weeks until 6 months old, and

every 3 months throughout adult life thereafter.

 

Hunting cats will need to be wormed monthly to protect them from constant re-infection.

 

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are likely to play a part in every cat’s life at some point no matter how clean your home is. They continue to flourish through the winter months due to the warmth in our homes. We provide only Veterinary-approved, highly effective flea treatments.  Fleas act as an intermediate host for tapeworms so often the two infestations go together.

Ticks are small, blood-sucking insects that can transmit disease when they bite. They generally live in grass/woodland areas and attach themselves to passing animals, stay attached and feeding for several days. If you pull them off the head can remain in the skin and cause an infection.

 

We recommend monthly spot on treatments for both fleas and ticks, which can be easily applied as an all-in-one spot-on solution to the skin.

 

Alternatively, we can now offer NEW collars, which are used for a whole season to control fleas and ticks. They act for 8 months and are activated by bodyheat so if you put one on in late summer, it can be taken off at the start of November, stored in its tin and then put back on your pet at the end of March and will still be active for the remainder of the 8 month period.

 

Insurance

We also strongly recommend pet health insurance. This provides peace of mind and financial help if your cat should need diagnostic tests, surgery, ultrasound scanning, referral to a specialist, or long term treatment. As a practice we do not profit from the process in any way but encouraging our clients to take out insurance simply ensures that we never have to compromise any treatment on grounds of cost.Insurance does not cover routine preventative treatment eg vaccinations, worming, neutering.  There are many policies to choose from , but we can recommend PetPlan, and can provide you with 4 weeks’ FREE cover for your pet when you come in.

 

Pet Health Plans

Our Pet Health Plans provide an excellent way of budgeting monthly for your kitten’s routine healthcare (vaccinations, worming, flea & tick prevention, microchipping), and with further discounts on many other products and services, this really does work out MUCH cheaper for you.

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Neutering

Unless you are planning to breed from your cat we recommend that you have him/her neutered. This not only prevents unplanned or unwanted pregnancy but prevents and protects against various diseases including some cancers. It also reduces spraying and fighting in males.   The best time to neuter cats is around five and a half months old. They stay with us in the surgery for the day and we will give pain relief by injection. Female cats need to wear a plastic collar to prevent them chewing their stitches out, whereas males don’t need stitches at all. We check females a week after the operation to ensure that healing is going well. Our vets ensure that he stitches are mostly hidden under the skin and are dissolvable, so do not need to be removed.