One of the most important things you can do for your cat is to vaccinate them against common feline diseases. Kittens will have received a short-lived immunity to these diseases from their mother at a young age, but this immunity wears off in the first few weeks of life and vaccinations are thereafter the only means by which we can protect them. We vaccinate against cat flu, infectious enteritis and feline leukaemia from 9 weeks of age.
Annual vaccinations are required to maintain immunity and protection against these diseases and at this visit we will give your cat a full health check. This is also an ideal opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about the health and welfare of your feline friend.
Roundworms and tapeworms commonly affect kittens and adult cats. Roundworms pose a Public Health threat in that they can infect your family; young children in particular are at risk from the migrating larval stages of the roundworm which can in rare circumstances result in blindness. Cats that are hunters in particular are prone to picking up worms and because of the common existence of fleas on most pets, worming is an important health consideration for your pet and your family.
It is recommended that kittens be wormed at monthly intervals from 6 weeks of age up to 6 months of age. The frequency with which to worm your adult cat depends on a number of variables. If you are in doubt about how often you should be worming your cat, do speak to the vet, nurse or receptionist so that we can risk assess your household to determine a worming frequency that is appropriate to your circumstances.
Treatments come as either a tablet given orally or a liquid spot-on treatment that is placed on the skin on the back of the neck where the cat cannot lick.
Neutering your cat
We believe neutering your cat not only reduces the problem of ever increasing number of unwanted cats, but also makes for a more friendly relaxed pet.
Spaying involved removing the uterus and ovaries of the female cat from the age of 4 months. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and complications are rare and recovery remarkably quick.
Castration is carried out under a general anaesthetic and involves the removal of the testes of the male cat. Complications are very rare and recovery and healing is very quick. We perform castration from 4 months of age.
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