Kittens


NEW KITTEN

We are happy to welcome your new kitten to our Veterinary Centre. We hope he/she is settling in well and becoming part of your family.

1. Vaccines.

We recommend vaccines from 9 weeks of age. The course consists of 2 injections given 3-4 weeks apart. Kittens are fully protected from 7 days after the second injection, however we recommend keeping your kitten indoors until he/she is castrated/speyed.

Kittens are vaccinated against Feline Enteritis, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus (Cat Flu) Feline Leukaemia Virus:  This is generally for cats getting outdoors.

Adult cats are required to have a booster annually, this also means a chance for your kitten to have a complete health check at least once per year.

2. Worming

Worming is commonly started from a very young age. We recommend worming monthly till your Kitten is 6 months old, then every 3 months routinely thereafter for cats getting outdoors.

3. Microchipping

We offer microchipping to pets of any age. This involves an injection of a rice grain sized microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades, Normally this costs just over £20 but there is a 25% discount if it is done at the time of vaccination or any type of anaesthetic. Should your cat get lost and be taken to the police/sspca or local vet scanning allows him/her to be traced back to you and returned safely.

4. Neutering (Female Cats)

We advise all cats not intended for breeding be speyed. The earliest this would normally be done is 6 months old.

Benefits

No chance of unplanned mating.

No seasons  therefore no related behavioral changes (calling).

Remove risk of Pyometra. ( life threatening uterine infection though less common in cats than dogs)

Risks

Major surgery, however done routinely which reduces the risk.

Reduction in metabolic rate, can be more prone to weight gain, diet should be adjusted accordingly & to each individual cat

Post op complications eg. Infection, wound breakdown (but these are uncommon)

5. Neutering (Male Cats)

Male cats can be castrated from 6 months of age

Benefits

Reduction in urge to roam/fight

Reduction in spraying/scent marking if done at 6 months

Reduction in chance of contracting FIV (feline HIV) common in entire male cats who fight/mate and catch from other cats.

Risks

Anaesthetic risk

Post op complications eg. Infection, wound breakdown (but these are uncommon)

6. Insurance

We strongly recommend you consider pet insurance to give you peace of mind & protect you against unforeseen costly veterinary bills. Look around for a policy that suits you

  1. Lifelong policies cover you for long term disease/illness eg. Diabetes, Heart disease, chronic skin disease.
  2. Year long policies are good for short term accident and illness but will not be able to be extended

Any further questions that you may have regarding any of the above or anything else including flea prevention and treatment, feeding, behavior etc please speak to one of our nurses or make an appointment to see one of the vets