What should your kitten be vaccinated against?
We routinely vaccinate using a F3 which protects against Herpesvirus and Calicivirus (Cat Flu) and Feline Enteritis.
When should this be done?
1st F3 …………………….6-8 weeks of age
2nd F3 ……………………10-12 weeks of age
3rd F3 ……………………14-16 weeks of age
We also recommend FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) vaccination for kittens and cats that are likely to be spending time outside and are at risk of fighting.
The incidence of heartworm in cats has recently found to be about 5-10% of the incidence in dogs. Diagnosis is complicated and there is no treatment possible for cats. Clinical signs vary from bronchitis-like symptoms to sudden death. Prevention of this potentially fatal, mosquito-borne disease is easy.
REVOLUTION – a spot of fluid applied to the back of the neck monthly – covers heartworm, fleas, ear mites and round and hookworms.
What should your kitten be wormed against: Roundworm, Hookworm, Tapeworm. All are common intestinal worms.
When: Worm every fortnight to 12 weeks of age, then monthly up to 6 months of age, then every three months for life.
What with: We recommend using Revolution and then using a tapewormer every 3 months or a Milbemax all wormer.
Only 5% of fleas live on your pet. 95% live in the environment. It is very important to keep up a continuous flea prevention regime, or you may find you have a flea infestation.
REVOLUTION – spot on application once a month, also covers heartworm and intestinal worms.
PROGRAM INJECTABLE – injection given by vet once every six months
Remember – all animals in the household must be treated for control to be effective!
Paralysis ticks can be life threatening. We do see a number of cases each summer here in Bulimba. The available tick control product for cats is FRONTLINE SPRAY. Signs of tick paralysis include wobbly back legs, change in voice, coughing, vomiting, depression and disinterest or total collapse. Seek veterinary attention immediately!
We recommend that all kitten owners consider pet insurance for their new pet. This means that any unforeseen accidents or illnesses can be covered.
We recommend this be done between 4 and 6 months of age. Cats can reach puberty as early as four months and are highly fertile! De-sexing will help control problems such as fighting, spraying, roaming and unwanted litters. De-sexing before puberty will also reduce the chance of mammary cancer later in life by about 98%.
We recommend premium quality foods such as Eukanuba and Hills as these are balanced and complete diets for your pet. Ad lib feeding can lead to fussy or overweight cats so stick to set meal times.
Train from an early age to use litter trays, come when called and use a scratching post instead of your furniture. Try to keep your kitten inside until at least 4-5 months of age. It means that your favourite feline will be far safer from both cars and cat fights. Keeping your cat only indoors is an option that is often the best solution for owner, pet and the environment.
Cats have a tendency to roam so we advise you implant a microchip. A collar and tag are very important but may be lost – a microchip is there for life!
You should supplement your kitten’s hygiene with regular grooming sessions to keep it free of loose hair and tangles, long-haired kitten needs more frequent attention. We have a grooming salon downstairs. Book by calling Salon 154 on 07 3899 5972 or talking with our receptionist.
Our staff are also more than happy to discuss any issues or worries you may have about your new pet.
If you have any problems or questions about your new kitten, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 38991495