Kitten Information Sheet
To help protect your kitten against potentially life-threatening viruses/diseases, two injections are given 3-4 weeks apart from 8 weeks of age.
Your new kitten has a very small capacity tummy and so therefore needs small meals, little and often.
- We recommend 4 meals a day initially, then reduce to 3 meals a day until your kitten is at least 4 months old
- We recommend 2 meals a day until after 6 months of age
- It is advisable to feed your cat a good-quality brand of food, according to its life stage; kitten, junior, adult or senior
Paying attention to the recommended guidelines for the specific food will help ensure correct nutrition support is given and there are even some specially designed types of food for specific breeds of cat. Please ask at reception for details.
- We advise using a veterinary worming treatment every two weeks until 3 months of age
- Every four weeks until 6 months of age
- Adult cats require treatment at least 3-4 times a year. Indoor cats may require less frequent treatment.
- If you are unable to give your cat tablets there are other ways of administering worming treatments – please ask a nurse/receptionist for details.
Kittens and adult cats can carry roundworms and tapeworms and unless they are heavily infected, you may not notice any signs that they are harbouring them. Worms can be hazardous to children, the elderly and people in an immune-compromised state and therefore, for the health of you and your cat, we recommend that your kitten is treated against worms at regular intervals. Fleas also play a part in the life cycle of the tapeworm and therefore regular use of a vet recommended flea treatment will assist worm control.
- We recommend using a veterinary flea treatment every 4-8 weeks – as advised, according to specific treatment used.
- We recommend treating all animals in the household and the house itself - carpets, bedding, etc. for flea control to be successful.
Fleas are picked up from outdoors and brought into the house on your pet’s coat. Some animals (including humans!) can be very sensitive and as little as a single bite from a flea may cause a great deal of itching and discomfort. Using a flea comb is an easy way of identifying if your pet is carrying fleas and therefore if they require treatment.
We recommend neutering cats to help prevent unwanted litters, roaming and potentially life-threatening infections and tumours
- Both male and female cats can be neutered from 6 months of age. Females can be spayed before they come into season for the first time.
Inserting a microchip is an inexpensive way of helping ensure that your pet is relocated with you should it get lost, stolen or be involved in an accident.
- Regular grooming and examination of your kitten helps ensure a strong bond between you and your kitten and enables you to check eyes, ears, feet, etc. are problem free.
- It is a good idea to get your kitten used to having its teeth brushed from an early age. Using your finger or a soft toothbrush along with water or pet toothpaste (not human!) may be used to help prevent dental disease. If you notice your cat has bad breath please get them checked by a veterinary surgeon.
As we cannot predict when a pet falls ill or becomes injured, we recommend that owners take out insurance to cover unexpected veterinary expenses – ask a receptionist or collect a leaflet from reception. Please note: insurance will not cover routine flea and worm treatment or neutering.