Routine Care - Cats
The vets at Pittsworth Veterinary Surgery recommend vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age for your kitten, and 12 monthly here after. We feel that this protocol allows your kitten to be old enough to avoid any antibodies from their mother's milk from interfering with the vaccine. We recommend cats are vaccinated with F3 vaccine covering Herpes virus, Calici virus and Panleukopenia virus. We also recommend vaccinating some cats for Feline Immunodeficiency virus due to the high prevalence of disease in our area.It is important with cats in particular to try to get your vaccinations around when they are due- not only does this minimise risk of disease but it also prevents you from having to start the course again- ie. having to do multiple injections to get your cats immune system back to speed rather than just a booster dose.
All kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks (from 6 weeks of age) until they are 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. From here on we recommend that cats are wormed every 3 months.
Stray cats are a very common occurence, therefore we cannot stress enough how important having a microchip is. It is a once off and a vital for any cat owner to do.
Desexing is a vital component of routine prevention for your pet. We recommend ALL cats are desexed before 6 months of age. Some of the conditions that early desexing can prevent include;
Mammary tumours: did you know the incidence of mammary tumours in female cats is reduced significantly if performed before 1 year of age.
Unwanted litters: did you know cats are responsive breeders in that they are stimulated to ovulate based on mating- that is your cat does not have to be "on heat" when she goes with the male cat to become pregnant but rather she becomes "on heat" in response to the mating.
Pregnancy and whelping complications: did you know the cost of a caesarean is in excess of $1000.
Unwanted behaviours- fighting is one of the major problems especially with entire male cats and this can increase the likelihood of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus(also known commonly as cat AIDS) greatly.
Pyometra: a life threatening uterine infection