New Kitten? Advice for new kitten owners
Free Consultation (Monday to Friday Only)
There is a lot to go through when a new kitten arrives and so we offer a free ‘get to know you’ consultation to ensure that your kitten gets off to the best possible start in life. Simply phone the surgery to register your new kitten and book an appointment. Please note that any treatment will be charged.
There are many right ways to feed a kitten, and others less so. We stock most of the major quality brands, any we don't stock can be ordered in for you at your request and we have no objection to RMB (Raw Meaty Bones). Every kitten's situation is unique and our aim is to make it easy for you to make the necessary decisions.
This is IMPORTANT. We advise a course of three initial injections at 9, 12 and 16 weeks. We vaccinate against the core killer diseases cat 'flu' (Herpes & Calici), Panleukopaenia, (feline enteritis) and Feline Leukaemia Virus. To complete the course, the kitten has a booster vaccination at 15 months of age, and annual boosters for some of these diseases every year thereafter as appropriate. This is in accordance with the WSAVA recommendations and has been proven to protect cats in the face of challenge. We believe strongly that this is the best course of action and to encourage its uptake, if the kitten has the first two injections with us, the third is FREE. We use PUREVAX® for all of our feline patients. PUREVAX® is developed with state-of-the-art technology just for cats and kittens. PUREVAX® vaccines deliver everything needed to induce immunity without any of the unnecessary proteins or adjuvants. Adjuvants are additives that increase the immune response and may present potential risks to feline patients, such as injection site reactions and chronic inflammation. PUREVAX® is the only complete line of nonadjuvanted feline vaccines available.
There is no rabies in this country, but Rabies vaccination (following Microchipping) is mandatory for travelling abroad. The vaccine can be given from three calender months (not 12 weeks) and the cat may travel 21 days later. We will produce your Pet Passport during this time. This vaccine can also be given (from three months) with other vaccinations.
Microchipping is proof of ownership, a near guarantee of quick return if your kitten is lost or stolen and is the starting point for the Pet Passport. It involves a simple injection and can be done at any time often at about 10 weeks. or when the kitten is neutered. The kitten is registered for life with Petlog (run by the Kennel Club) who hold the central computerised database.
We absolutely and unreservedly recommend that all cats should be insured against veterinary fees. Animal medication and treatment is unavoidably expensive, more so if you don't have insurance. 'Stuff happens' and this is the one simple way to mitigate unmanageable fees. We will of course work with all insurance companies, offering advice and support as appropriate.
We neuter cats from 22 weeks. If left much longer females may become pregnant and we don't spay pregnant, calling or ill cats. Males may start to develop male characteristics like territorial spraying. Females (queens) are spayed, removing the ovaries and uterus. Males are castrated, removing the testicles. Neutering your cat at 22 weeks offers significant benefit both to you and your cat. Once a female is in season (calling) she will call for 5 or so days every three weeks indefinitely unless she is mated. This is miserable for her, and quite wearing for you. Un-neutered males become territorial, get into fights (abscesses, FIV infection) and road accidents, all of which are unpleasant and life threatening for him.
Fleas, Worms & Other Parasites
Fleas will always be with us, and all kittens get worms (often in utero, so they are born with them!). We strongly advise regular worming and flea treatment, for both their sake and yours. There are many different products available and we will advise you on the most effective route. Kittens must be wormed every two weeks from weaning to 12 weeks. Thereafter, worming is done every three months, unless a monthly Spot-On (kills worms as well as fleas) is being used. Lifestyle will dictate the best routine and we are here to help you decide.For more detail, come and talk to us in person! We are always delighted to welcome you and your new kitten into the practice.