Congratulations on your new addition to the family! This is one of the most important times in your kitten’s life. This sheet will provide you with some of the essential information you need but if you have any more questions then we are more than happy to help.
Kittens require a primary course of two injections, given 3 – 4 weeks apart. This protects them against cat flu viruses and panleucopaenia. They are fully vaccinated 1 week after their second vaccine. Boosters are given annually to maintain immunity and give us a chance to give your cat a health check too!
Flea and Worm prevention
Prevention is always better than cure! There are many different parasites which can affect your furry friend, including fleas, ticks, lice, mange, tapeworm, roundworm and lungworm. Worming should be done monthly until 6 months of age, then every 3 months thereafter. Flea and tick prevention consists of spot-on products given monthly every 3 months.
While there is no legal requirement to have your cat microchipped, we still recommend it. Microchips are only the size of a grain of rice and make it easy to reunite you with your pet should they get lost or are involved in an accident.
Kittens should be fed a specially formulated kitten diet until they are fully grown, initially 3 – 4 times daily. Please refer to the manufacturers instructions regarding the quantity to be fed, and feel free to ask us if you have any further questions.
Socialisation is an important aspect of raising a kitten and the most critical time is within the first 4 months. You should introduce them to anything you want them to cope well with as an adult. This could include dogs, children, other cats, cars and loud noises.
If you are not planning on breeding from your cat then we recommend neutering. The main benefit of speying a female is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Cats can become pregnant from 4 months of age and have their first litter at 6 months old. Benefits for male cats include preventing spraying and straying to find females. We recommend neutering cats from 5 months of age.
Pet insurance will give you peace of mind should your kitten need veterinary care. Getting the right insurance can make a real difference when it comes to claiming. We recommend you get a “life cover” policy, which offers the most comprehensive protection.
Four Crosses Veterinary Centre Ltd, Hafod Offa, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys. SY22 6RD
Company number 9671021. Registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Hafod Offa, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys SY22 6RD