Useful advice for your new kitten
Providing essential routine care for your pet is all part of being a responsible pet owner. Remember that you can save money on the cost of treatments and services that keep your pet healthy and happy. Not only that but budget and spread the cost of routine care across the year by paying with direct debit. Check out our Pet Health Club page for more information.
It is always recommended that a veterinary surgeon carries out a general health check on your new kitten within a couple of days of its arrival. Kitten vaccinations start at the age of 9 weeks, with a second booster vaccination at 12 weeks of age. We recommend giving your kitten a vaccination against Feline flu (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Feline calcivirus), Feline enteritis (Feline panleucopaenia) and Feline leukaemia. Annual booster vaccinations are required to keep up your cat’s immunity.
Kittens should be restricted to the house until fully vaccinated at 12 weeks, and then only let out into the garden for short periods of time when you are at home. It is best to introduce them to the garden area whilst firmly holding them in a blanket in your arms. Walk around the garden and then return to the house with the kitten. When you are ready to let the kitten spend time out there, let them out 5 minutes before dinner time, start to get the kitten’s dinner ready, and then call them in for dinner. Slowly increase the time the kitten spends in the garden until you are happy they are settled out there.
When collecting your kitten from the breeder, remember to ask when the kitten was last wormed. Worming for your kitten should be every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, and then every month until six months. After that, you should worm your cat every 3 months. Most worming products protect against both roundworm and tapeworm. Please contact the surgery to get advice on the best products available. Some cats, due to their scavenging nature, require more frequent worming against tapeworm.
Most products available for protection against fleas are applied monthly. Treatment usually starts from 6-8 weeks of age. However, products are available for use from 2 days of age if necessary. Some flea treatments are also effective against worms, which avoids the need to separately treat for worms. Please contact the surgery to discuss the most suitable products for your pet. To help break the flea cycle, it is important to remember that your house should also be treated.
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