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Cat Care

 

Kitten Care

Caring for your Kitten

Congratulations on the arrival of your newest family member! Here you will find all the information you need to give your kitten the best start to life, including parasite control, vaccination, microchipping, desexing, nutrition along with Commonly Asked Cat Questions.

 

Parasite control

As with puppies, we recommend protecting your kitten against flea, intestinal worm and heartworm. There are a number of different treatments we can recommend and will tailor a parasite control plan for your kitten depending on their needs.

 

As a general rule, kittens should be wormed:

 

Every two weeks from 2 to 12 weeks of age then…..

Every three months for life


We recommend you flea your kitten from 6 weeks of age, every month.

 

Vaccinations

For information relating to kitten vaccinations, please click here.

 

Nutrition

As with puppies, we recommend a well balanced prepared food for your kitten to give them the best start to life. We sell and recommend the Hills range of pet food at the clinic. Come in and speak to one of our staff for the best recommendation for your kitten.

 

General Cat Care Questions

 

Do Cats need to be bathed?

 The self grooming process is an important part of the day for cats and most are able to  keep themselves very clean without need for a bath. If, however, they have a sticky coat or  there is a medical need to bathe them, you are able to gently give them a bath, with  shampoo made specifically for cats. Remember, their skin is very different to that of a  human or dog and will need the right shampoo to avoid causing irritation.

 

What is FIV and do I need to be concerned?

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection is an autoimmune virus which prevents the body from having a normal immune response, much like the HIV strain in humans. The most common way that this virus is spread amongst cats is through cat to cat bites, although it can also be passed from an infected mother to her kittens.

 

The best way to prevent this virus is to vaccinate your cat. Particularly if your cat loves to get out and ‘explore’ the neighbourhood. Feel free to discuss this with your vet at your next consult where they can provide more information.

 

How can I keep my indoor cat happy and not scratching the house apart?

Although many cats now enjoy cushy lives indoors, they are still naturally drawn to the outdoors and their natural instincts of hunting and marking their territory. So you’ll need to provide them with ways to stay entertained to ensure they don’t get bored! Here are some of our favourites:

  • Cat scratching posts
  • Create a secure outdoor enclosure so they have plenty of space to play and run without getting out
  • Provide lots of perches for them inside where they can observe the world
  • Create a fun little toy box with lots of different toys they can play with on their own, and with you!

 

What sort of scratching post should I get my cat?

Ideally, you want to provide your cat with a rough surface to scratch at. This will help give them something to dig their nails into, not only to help maintain the health of their nails but to also avoid them scratching at your furniture! So avoid cat posts that are made of soft carpet and instead, try to find one that provides different textures for them to play with.

 

What sort of toys should I get for my cat?

The best toy you can give your cat is the company of you and your family. But for those times when you aren’t home, we recommend providing a variety of toys that will encourage them to stalk, chase, pounce and capture, just as they would in their ‘natural environment’.