Kittens

Basic and essential needs to consider when deciding to get a kitten are:

• Vaccinations
• Fleas and worms
• Neutering
• Nutrition

Vaccinations

The full course of vaccinations for your kitten can start at 9 weeks of age and will protect him from Feline Enteritis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia.

The full course consists of two injections with a gap of 3 – 4 weeks in-between.

A single dose booster once a year is then recommended thereafter.


Parasite Control

Unfortunately your kitten is likely to bring a few unwanted additions into your home and treatment for fleas and worms is very important.
We recommend monthly treatment for fleas and worms, until your kitten is 6 months old.
 
There are also spot on treatments now for ear mite cure and prevention.
 

Neutering

 
Both male and female cats can be neutered from the age of 5 months.

Neutering or castrating a male cat will prevent him from developing all the unwanted characteristics and behaviour of a tom cat. Tom cats’ urine has a very strong and unpleasant odour which is very difficult to get rid of. They will also wander much greater distances in search of females and may consequently encounter dangerous situations, such as busy roads and a higher number of other cats which will want to protect their own territory. This leads to a lot of fights. Many un-neutered male cats will be seen in the surgery with infected bite wounds. Neutering your male cat will also ensure he cannot father any unwanted kittens.


Neutering or spaying a female cat will of course prevent her from having kittens. Some people would like their cat to have a litter before spaying. We don’t recommend this as it has no health benefits at all and only adds to the number of kittens that need good homes, so please think carefully!

Nutrition

Kittens should be fed several meals a day of a small quantity. In the wild they would catch and eat up to 20 mice, so they are designed to eat little and often.

We recommend a mixture of wet and dried food. As cats don't drink frequently much of their fluid intake can come in the form of wet food.

It is important to have a water source in a separate area to their feeding area, and in a large dog sized bowel to encourage them to drink, and reduce the incidence of cystitis.