Kittens and cats are at risk from a number of diseases that can result in permanent health damage or even death. However, vaccination and regular boosters can prevent these diseases.
In new born kittens, provided that the mother is immune, the antibodies in the mother's milk are usually sufficient to protect the kitten during the first few weeks of life. This form of immunity does not last very long, and when it decreases, vaccination becomes essential.
The first (primary) vaccination is usually given in two doses, the first dose from the age of 9 weeks and the about 3-5 weeks later. Your kitten will be fully covered one week after their second vaccination.
Yearly booster vaccinations are essential to maintain good immunity. Remember that your cat's visit to the veterinary surgery for an annual booster is also a good opportunity for a thorough examination and health check.
Until your kitten is vaccinated, it should:
Kittens are commonly affected by two types of worms - tapeworms and roundworms.
Some worms can pass from pets to people, most human infections cause only minor symptoms but some cases can lead to serious conditions such as blindness and epilepsy.
Kittens should be wormed regularly, please ask the practice about the best regime for your kitten.
Fleas are the most common cat parasites and can cause irritation, allergy and spread disease. Cats also often catch ticks.
There are many products now available (some can treat both worms and fleas) we can advise you which products will be most suitable for your kitten.
Having your kitten microchipped gives you the best chance of being reunited with them should you lose them. It is very difficult for a rescue centre or veterinary surgeon to find the owner of a cat if it is not microchipped.
We use high quality Tracer ® microchips which are registered on the Petlog database. The microchip is the size of a small grain of rice and is inserted into the scruff of your dogs neck, in a very quick and simple process. The microchip should last for the lifetime of your cat.
Each year 1 in 3 pets is injured or becomes ill* and needs urgent veterinary treatment. Insurance can help you cover the cost of these unexpected bills leaving you free to concentrate on helping an important member of your family recover.
Robson & Prescott recommend having your pet insured and are accredited as an Appointed Representative of Vetsure Pet Insurance ®. Through working relationships with the veterinary profession Vetsure aims to offer the best value for money premiums and access to the highest standards of treatment through their network of trusted practices.
We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® because...
Vetsure make it simple: We are part of the trusted Vetsure network. This means that Vetsure are happy for us to settle the bill directly with them when you make an eligible claim. After treatment you simply pay us the policy excess.
Vetsure for tailored cover: Pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).
Vetsure cover for life: If your pet develops an ongoing condition like arthritis or diabetes, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge every year for each condition**. Vetsure also only charge the excess once per unrelated condition – many insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up.
For more information about Vetsure Pet Insurance - or to obtain a quote - visit the Vetsure website or call 0800 050 20 22.
Alternatively, ask a clinic staff member to arrange a call from the Vetsure team at your convenience!
*source: Datamonitor - UK Pet Insurance 2008.
**provided your premiums are kept up to date and your policy remains in place.
Both male and female cats are usually neutered between five and six months of age although the operation can be carried out at any time after this age.
We advise all cats should be neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Neutering your female cat also decreases the risk of mammary cancer, neutering your male cat will mean he is less likely to get into fights or urinary spray.
What to expect
Your cat will come in as a day patient in the morning and go home in the afternoon. This will involve a period of starvation the night before.
Both male and female cats will have a general anaesthetic. Male cats are castrated through a small incision in the scrotum. Female cats are neutered through an incision on their flank or midline on their belly.
The stitches are usually in place for fourteen days.
Every anaesthetic has a small risk associated with it but your pet will have a general health check on admission and complications are very rarely encountered.
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Kirkley Hall - Ponteland