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CARING FOR A NEW KITTEN

 

 

Vaccination

 

Vaccinating your kitten provides protection against important common diseases.

7-9 weeks: Panleukopaenia, herpes & calici virus,(optional leukaemia virus)

11-14 weeks: Panleukopaenia, herpes & calici virus plus rabies.(optional leukaemia)


Annual boosters are recommended. Annual health checks are essential as is deworming 3-4 times per year. 

Your pets are given a routine examination at the time of their annual boosters. This is very important if one considers that our pets age at five to seven times faster than we do. So for a pet a yearly check up is like a check up every seven years. Can you tell if your dog or cat has a sub clinical problem? The time also provides all pet owners with an excellent opportunity to get advice on anything they may have noticed or want checked. It also provides us with an opportunity to update you on any scientific progress and to inform you on new products.


Worming

 

Kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until 10 weeks of age with an “all-wormer” which covers roundworm and tapeworm. It is then repeated monthly until 6 months of age thence every 3-4 months.

 

Feeding

 

A balanced commercial kitten diet is recommended. It prevents imbalances caused by supplements and over/underfeeding by advising the correct amount of food for your kitten’s weight.

 

Socialising

 

Don’t be afraid to frequently handle and introduce your kitten to friends. It will lead to a more social, happy and outgoing cat.

 

Fleas

 

Fleas are an unfortunate fact of life and are a year round problem due to our climate. Thus you should employ a year round strategy of treating your pets and the environment. We are happy to advise you on the best product for your household.

 

Insurance

 

It is very likely that your pet will receive medication attention in its lifetime. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy while your kitten is still young and in good health.

 

Sterilising

 

Your kitten can be spayed or castrated from 6 months of age. It has health and behavioural benefits plus prevents the problems of overpopulation.

 

Microchipping

 

Fortunately modern technology gives us the opportunity to electronically identify our pets. A small chip can be injected under the skin to provide a permanent form of identification.