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Kittens


Selecting a new kitten

There are many factors you should consider in selecting a kitten that is right for you. One helpful site is the Whiskas site.

 


Check list for a new kitten

Vaccination

  • First at 6-8 weeks
  • Second at 10-12 weeks
  • Third for FIV at 14-16 weeks

Worming & Flea Control

  • Worming every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age.
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea control

General

  • Toilet training
  • Microchip identification
  • Registration – there is no requirement to register cats with the council.
  • Desexing
  • Diet
  • Bell on collar to limit hunting

 


Vaccination

Kittens:                  6-8 weeks             F6 Vaccine
10-12 weeks        F6 Vaccine
14-16 weeks        FIV Vaccine

  • A reminder will be sent prior to your pet’s vaccination due date. Once the kitten course is completed, the first adult vaccination will be due at 18 months of age.

Adults Annual:    (Indoor Cats ONLY)
 F5                                Feline Leukaemia
Feline Panleucopenia
Feline Infectious Enteritis
Feline Rhinotracheitis (Cat Flu)
Feline Calicivirus (Cat Flu)

F6
                               (Recommended)
F5 Vaccination &
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

 


Parasite Prevention

 

Intestinal Worming Treatment:

  • Kittens are to be wormed ever 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old.
  • Then monthly until 6 months of age
  • Then every 3 months for life.

Baldivis Vet Hospital has produced a table of products available and this can be accessed by clicking here

 


Heartworm prevention

Heartworm Prevention:

Monthly treatments with flea control or
3 monthly treatments with all worm products

Heartworm are parasites that live in the pulmonary arteries. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and most cats are at risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Cats are not as susceptible to heart worm infestation as dogs, however the disease is difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. Treatment with Advocate every four weeks is recommended to prevent heartworm, most gastrointestinal worms and for flea control.

There are many products that prevent heartworm, control fleas and gastrointestinal worms. Baldivis Vet Hospital has produced a table of products available and this can be accessed by clicking here.

 


Flea control

Kittens are to receive flea treatments every 4 weeks for life.

We recommend all kittens are started on Advocate or a similar product at nine weeks of age to control fleas, gastrointestinal parasites and to prevent heartworm. There are many products that prevent heartworm, control fleas and gastrointestinal worms. Baldivis Vet Hospital has produced a table of products available and this can be accessed by clicking here

 


Toilet Training

Toilet training needs to start at 4 weeks of age by providing a litter tray and encouraging kitten to use it.

 


Microchip Identification

Microchip identification involves having a microchip inserted into your pet and this microchip is registered on a national registry. Should your pet be lost and taken to any veterinary clinic, animal shelter or council pound, your pet will be scanned and the microchip number revealed. Once the microchip has been read the national pet register data is used to locate the pet owner.

Microchip identification can be carried out at any age and the microchip can be implanted into un-sedated animals. It is recommended to have your pet micro chipped at the same time as he or she is de-sexed and this alleviates any undue stress at microchip implantation.

 


Diet

A healthy diet is important for normal growth and development.

Kittens

Kittens require a special diet that is gentle on their stomach but also ensures optimum growth. At Baldivis Vet Hospital we recommend Royal Canin kitten diets, Blackhawk or Advance.

Adult Cats

Adult cats require a food that does not promote phosphate crystals in the cat’s urine. Foods such as Royal Canin, Blackhawk or Advance are recommended.

There are many products that prevent heartworm, control fleas and gastrointestinal worms. Baldivis Vet Hospital has produced a table of products available and this can be accessed by clicking here

 


Desexing

Female

Desexing female cats is recommended at 4 to 6 months of age. Females come into season at some time between 4 and 6 months depending on their month of birth. Kittens born in summer may come into season in the early winter breed season. If cats are not mated they come back in season after only 2 to 3 weeks. The biology of female cats is such that they easily become pregnant.

The reason for de-sexing females is to control unwanted pregnancies.

Sterilisation involves:

  • admission to hospital for a day surgery
  • sedation so they are not apprehensive
  • general anaesthesia
  • clipping the hair from the abdomen
  • preparation for aseptic surgery
  • surgery to remove uterus and ovaries
  • recovery from anaesthetic and discharge from hospital.

Cats are given a tattoo in the ear with a de-sexing symbol. The procedure results in little post operative discomfort.

All patients are fitted with intravenous fluid therapy, receive pain relief in hospital and sent home with 3 days worth as well as an elizabethan collar to prevent any licking or chewing at the suture site during recovery. This all is included in the sterilisation fee, as well as a recheck for suture removal if required.

Male

Castration of tom cats is recommended to prevent them straying and engaging in male hormonally driven behaviour. Un-castrated males fight with other males in the area and urinate on various structures to mark out their territory. It is important to have males castrated at four to six months of age so they do not form bad habits such as the territorial behaviour. Castration involves admission to hospital for a day surgery.

Cats are given a tattoo in the ear with a de-sexing symbol. The procedure results in little post operative discomfort.

All patients receive pain relief in hospital and sent home with 3 days worth to keep comfortable during recovery. This all is included in the sterilisation fee, as well as a recheck for suture removal if required.

Cat Sterilization Society

If you are a pensioner or health care card holder then the cat sterilisation society may subsidies the cost of sterilisation or your cat. The telephone number for the cat sterilisation society is 9397 5062.

 

Accessories

Baldivis Vet Hospital carries a number of accessories for your pet’s comfort. These include:

  • Snooza cat range
  • Cages
  • Beds
  • Treats