Kitten Care Guide
When you choose to become a cat owner, you are starting a unique friendship that will last a lifetime. Giving your kitten the best start in life is essential for them to grow into a happy, healthy member of your family. Our guide below will provide some basic care information, but remember- your pet is unique, and your vet will be able to make the right recommendations about what is best for you and your kitten.
These are given to prevent serious diseases that cats can contract. For some of these diseases, your pet can be exposed to them even if they have little contact with other animals. We recommend vaccinations for cat flu (feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus) and feline enteritis (also known as panleukopenia) for all cats. For some cats we also recommend vaccination for feline AIDS virus and feline leukemia virus. Every animal is unique, and your vet will recommend the level of protection that is right for your pet.
Your kitten will also receive a full physical examination at every vaccination to ensure they are healthy and developing normally.
Vaccines are normally given as a course of three vaccines, each four weeks apart, after which your vet will advise of how often your pet needs to return for a booster injection.
Intestinal worms can cause diarrhoea, weight loss, anemia, poor growth and can be transmitted to people. Many young kittens can carry large worm burdens.
We recommend revolution to control parasites in cats. Your kitten will still need to have a drontal tablet four times yearly to keep them clear of tapeworm. Revolution is a safe, simple and effective parasite solution.
This is a deadly parasite spread by mosquitos. After a cat gets bitten by an infected mosquito, the worm is injected into the bloodstream where it eventually travels to their heart, and it is here that the heartworm grows and matures. Unfortunately, most intestinal all-wormers do not protect your kitten for heartworm disease.
We recommend revolution to protect against heartworm in cats.
Fleas and Ticks
Nobody likes being itchy! But did you know that fleas and ticks can also cause anemia and other skin diseases? Prevention keeps your pet comfortable and safe from these diseases.
We recommend revolution to control fleas and ticks in cats.
Every year thousands of cats get out of their yard and go missing. A microchip is an implant, given as a once off injection, which permanently identifies your pet. It means that if your pet is picked up and scanned by the rangers or vets, they can get in contact with you very quickly. It also helps if identification or ownership of the kitten is disputed. It is probably more affordable than you think! Microchipping gives you peace of mind that if your pet gets out they have a really good chance of finding their way home.
As of November 2013 all cats over 6 months of age in Western Australia must be microchipped.
Good quality diet will make your pet healthier, smarter and ensure correct bone development. A good diet has everything your pet needs, eliminating the need for supplements and avoiding the dangers of under or over supplementation.
In addition to this, good diets reduce flatulence, keep your pet a healthy body weight, and let them develop strong muscles, bones and teeth.
We recommend Hills Science diet for your pet. Ask one of our friendly staff which diet is best for your pet.
As of November 2013 in Western Australia, all cats must be desexed. This has to be done prior to six months of age unless the owner holds a breeding license or a vet has granted an exemption on health grounds.
Male cats are prone to fighting (and getting abcesses from doing so), roaming, antisocial behaviour, testicular cancer, as well as spreading feline AIDS. Desexing your male cat reduces or can even eliminate these potential problems.
Female cats are prone to attracting stray cats, having surprise pregnancies, uterine infections and mammary cancers. Desexing your female cat eliminates these potential problems.
Desexing your pet from four months onwards offers many health benefits. We use extremely modern anaesthetic, monitoring and pain relief protocols to ensure your pets operation is as safe and comfortable as possible.
With advances in veterinary medicine, we are able to offer your pet more and more in terms of treatment and diagnostics. Sadly, sometimes the cost of this important treatment falls outside of the family budget. Did you know that people with pet insurance are more likely to make a claim with it than people with car or home insurance? Pet insurance allows you to budget for that unexpected illness or accident. Many of our own vets and nurses have their pets insured and we strongly recommend it for every animal.