So you have just picked up the new addition to your family! Why don’t you book a free vet check at one of our branches, where the vet can give your new kitten a health check and go through all the relevant information with you.

Vaccinations

It is important to vaccinate your kitten to give them immunity against some of the major infections to keep them healthy. Kittens are protected during the first few weeks of life by the antibodies passed to them via their mother’s milk. However, this immunity fades at which point vaccination can take over in providing protection.

1st vaccination 9 weeks old

2nd vaccination 3-4 weeks later

Then yearly boosters

This vaccination course will cover your kitten against Cat Flu, Infectious Enteritis (Feline Panleucopaenia virus) and Feline Leukaemia.

Worming and Flea treatment

There are a number of different products available to protect your kitten against fleas and worms.

We recommend worming your kitten every two weeks until they are 12 weeks of age. This can be done with panacur paste or a small worming tablet. Unless you have other dogs or cats your kitten will be at low risk from fleas at this age, so we normally only treat them if fleas are seen or your kitten is scratching a lot.

We advise that you keep your kitten indoors until they have been neutered at 5-6 months of age. Once they are going out they can start a regular flea and worm treatment regime. We advise a monthly spot on treatment called Advocate. This covers against fleas and roundworms as well. It does not cover against tapeworm so they will need a worming tablet every 6 months.

Microchipping

We recommend that you get your kitten microchipped so they can always be traced back to you. We can do this at the second vaccination or while they are asleep when they come in to be neutered.

VIP plan

Our practice membership scheme provides pet owners with the support they need to help their pets stay fit and healthy (ask reception for a full information leaflet). A simple monthly payment covers the following:

Two complete health check consultations

Routine Annual booster vaccinations
Worming treatments (sufficient for 12 months)
Flea treatments (sufficient for 12 months)
Treatment planning
Dietary advice
Extended payment scheme
Optional accidental injury cover
Free weight clinic

Additional benefits:
10% discount on the normal fees for neutering
20% discount on the normal costs of other services
20% off prescription drugs purchased through the surgery
10% off the normal cost of premium branded and prescription diets
. . . and lots more – all for a small monthly payment.

Neutering

Neutering stops unwanted behaviours and unwanted pregnancies. It is a routine surgical procedure and they recover very quickly. Spaying female cats can reduce the risks of mammary tumours and prevent ovarian/ uterine tumours and pyometras (life threatening womb infections). Castrating male cats will prevent testicular disease and tumours. It will also reduce their desire to wander off and fight.

We advise that they are neutered at 5-6 months of age.

Diet

A good balanced diet is very important for your kitten and also when they become an adult cat. Here is some information to help you pick a suitable diet:

  • Check list for good diets:
    • They like the food
    • Good solid motions passed
    • No regular vomiting or regurgitation
    • Coat is shiny and skin healthy
    • Able to maintain weight
  • Some kittens will prefer wet food and some dry. It’s not important at this age whether they have wet or dry food. Once they get all their adult teeth (usually by 6 months) dry food has been showed to improve dental hygiene.
  • Kittens must be fed a kitten diet to ensure that get the right levels of minerals and vitamins etc for growth. Most diets will have a guideline for feeding amounts on the back of the packet, but these can vary with individual animals. Checking your kitten and cat’s body condition score and weight will tell you if you are feeding the right amounts- ask your vet or vet nurse to show you how to check this
  • Your kitten should be having 3- 4 meals a day. This can be slowly weaned down so by 6 months they should ideally be on 2 meals a day.

Why don’t you pop down for a free 6 month health check as well!