Vaccination – Your kitten will need two initial injections, normally a first one at 9 weeks then a second at 12 weeks. Your kitten will then need annual boosters to ensure continuous immunity. At each booster appointment and first vaccination, your vet will also give your pet a thorough examination including listening to their heart and lungs. A vaccination covers ‘cat flu’ and enteritis (your vet can explain these in more detail if requested). It will also cover feline leukaemia virus.
Worming – Your kitten will need worming when you first get him/her if not already done by the breeder. Kittens and adult cats should be regularly wormed throughout their lives to treat for roundworms and tapeworms. There are various products on the market available. These products will be discussed with you when we first meet your new kitten!.
Fleas – Kittens and adult cats should be treated for prevention of fleas throughout their lives. This is much more effective than trying to eradicate an infestation once it has accured.
Microchips– A microchip is a small implant the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. It may cause some discomfort to your kitten when being placed but some do not react at all. It contains a unique code which is registered on a national data base, meaning if your pet strays they can be reunited with you as soon as possible. All practices, police stations and pounds will have a scanner to check if the animal is microchipped. It is a one off fee and would normally never need repeating. It can be done at the time of the second vaccination appointment or when your kitten is neutered, so long as your kitten is not going outside.
Nutrition – Your kitten must be fed on a high quality, kitten diet. These diets are designed to meet the nutritional needs of a kitten, which are different to the adult cat. They contain higher levels of protein, vitamins and minerals and will ensure your kitten has a healthy development.
Insurance – Unfortunately, kittens can require expensive treatments at some time during their life. Insurance will safe guard you and your pet by allowing your cat to have the best possible treatment, without having sleepless nights over the cost. When looking for a suitable insurance company you should consider whether they will offer you life time cover. Some companies will offer introductory deals but remember a cheaper policy doesn’t necessarily mean a good quality of cover.
Neutering – By the time you have sorted all of the above; it will probably be time to neuter your kitten! We normally neuter from about five and a half months. This has many benefits including:
- Unwanted breeding and kittens
- Prevention of straying to find a mate
- Prevention of urine spraying around the house
- Less likely to fight
- Females won’t call for a male