To help keep your cat healthy and happy, regular health checks, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment from your vet clinic are very important.

Vaccinations
To give your cat protection against cat diseases (Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopaenia) your cat must receive the full course of vaccinations. This will involve either two or three vaccinations, each given three to four weeks apart. The first vaccination should be given at approx 6 to 8 weeks of age. Cats need to have all of these vaccinations in order to have the best possible protection against these viruses. Yearly boosters are required to keep your cat’s immunity levels up.
Vaccination against Chlamydia, Feline Leukaemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is also possible.
Unfortunately vaccinations do not guarantee an animal will not become sick from these diseases, but while unvaccinated animals can become severely ill or die, cats that are up to date with their vaccinations will usually recover much more quickly.

Worm treatment
Roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms are parasites that live in the intestinal tract of all cats.
These worms can cause gut upsets, diarrhoea, and weight loss. Kittens can become infected from their mothers and their environment. Not all worming products kill all the different types of worms – we recommend using products such as Drontal.

Cats should be wormed:

  • Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old
  • very month from 12 weeks to 6 months old
  • Every 3 months after 6 months old

If you have trouble giving your cat tablets please ask our staff for a demonstration.

Some cats will happily eat tablets if they are hidden in a favourite food e.g. meat or cheese. If your cat won’t eat a whole tablet at once, it is better to break up tablets rather than crush them, as some tablets can taste bitter. If you give your cat tablets this way, only give your cat a small amount of the food until the tablet is eaten – otherwise they may eat around the tablet and be too full to eat the tablet itself!
Cats can also carry Toxoplasma gondii parasites.

Pregnant women should not handle cat faeces as this parasite can infect unborn children.

Flea treatment
All animals have fleas – even though you may not be able to see them! Fleas can be picked up from the environment. Fleas carry tapeworms and other diseases and can transmit these to your cat. Flea collars andpowders are generally not very effective. We recommend products such as Advantage, Revolution or Frontline.

Diet
Cats have different dietary requirements depending on age. Cats should be fed a good quality diet such as Eukanuba, Iams and Advance. It is important that your cats diet is complete and balanced for their stage of life – check the package for AAFCO or similar claims. If your kittens food is complete and balanced you do not need to feed supplements – in fact these can be bad for your kitten’s health. Kitten foods should be fed until your kitten is at least six months old.