Kitten Recommendations Summary
Usually 3 kitten vaccinations are required to protect against viral diseases that can be highly contagious and potentially fatal. The type of vaccine chosen will depend on whether or not your cat is going to be an indoor or an outdoor cat.
1st vaccination 6-8 weeks of age.
2nd vaccination 10-12 weeks of age
3rd vaccination 14-16 weeks of age
You cat will then require a booster every year thereafter.
You kitten is not fully protected until the end of the kitten vaccination course, so it is important to finish the course before letting your cat go outside.
It is important for the health of your kitten that he/she be wormed regularly throughout their lives. It should also be noted that some intestinal worms are transmissible to you and your children. We recommend that kittens be wormed
Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then
Every month until 6 months of age, then
Every 3 months for life!
If you are having trouble giving your kitten a tablet, spot-on treatments are also available.
FLEA and TICK CONTROL:
Fleas breed fast so a good quality flea control should be started as soon as possible in your kitten. Remember to treat all other pets in the household as well as the house itself!
Ticks live in bush land areas and can be very dangerous for the health of your pet. If you live in or take your pet to a high risk area for ticks, it is important for them to be on tick prevention. Checking them daily for ticks is also very important.
Feeding your kitten a good quality dry food is important for their growth and development into a healthy cat. The easiest way to do this is to use a high quality and balanced kitten food. Making sure your cat has a nice healthy smile is also important. You can help with your cats dental hygiene but giving them something to chew on like raw bones and dental chews.
It is recommended to have your pet desexed at 6 months of age. If you do not wish to breed with your pet there are many healthy benefits to be gained from having your cat desexed.
In female cats desexing will:
- - prevent unwanted pregnancies
- - eliminate the risk of uterine infections.
In male cats desexing can:
- - reduce fighting
- - reduce urine spraying
Microchipping is an effective way of ensuring that your cat can be identified should they go missing. A new kitten should have been microhipped before it has been sold. If not your Vet can do this.
You are also required to lifetime register your kitten from six months of age with the local council. This is a once off registration fee which is cheaper once they have been desexed, so remember to take the desexing certificate with you. It is also important to note that the microchip is only as useful as the details it has been registered with. Please don’t forget to notify the council and us at the hospital if you move.
Owning a pet can be expensive especially when accidents happen or in the unfortunate event that your pet gets sick. Pet insurance is a great way to ensure that your pet can get the very best treatment possible. Remember to read the product disclosure information and choose the policy that is best suited for you and your kitten.