For new owners of cats or kittens it is useful to have a handy check list. These are a few items to bear in mind.
Vaccination - we recommend you regularly vaccinate your cat to protect it against the major serious feline diseases. This involves a primary course at nine and 12 weeks of age, followed by a yearly (12 monthly) booster.
Worming - the problems associated with a heavy worm burden can be serious in younger animals, including vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and even death, so we do recommend worming kittens regularly. This needs to be continued every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly until they are six months old, then every three to four months for the rest of their life.
Cats can also carry another disease called toxoplasmosis which occasionally can cause abortion in pregnant women.
Ensure you clean out litter trays wearing gloves, clean up the garden and wash your hands regularly after handling your cat to reduce any risks.
Flea treatment - fleas are a year round problem. Our central heating which keeps us comfortable over winter also allows flea eggs to develop into adults and re-infest our pets.
We do, therefore, advise year round prevention with a spot-on application. This offers much longer term, more effective prevention than other forms of treatment.
Microchips - microchips are the ideal way to permanently identify our animals against loss, straying or theft. They are also compulsory for the pet passport scheme. There are no long term side effects and no long term costs.
Most of all enjoy your new kitten but if you have concerns, chat with one of our veterinary nurses at Cliffe Veterinary Group on 01273 473232.