Health

Every cat or kitten is blood screened for Feline Leukaemia and Feline Aids when they come into our care. This is then followed by a full vaccination course to protect them against Flu, Enteritis and Leukaemia – this is carried out prior to them going to a new home. Annual booster vaccinations must be done throughout a cats life and the veterinary surgeon should check the cat over, as well as their mouth and teeth, to make sure nothing untoward is going on. If they are in need of any dental attention or any other treatments or investigations, the owner can be advised at this time as to when and why they need to be carried out.

Routine flea treatment is carried out using the ‘spot on’ treatments which are purchased through the vet. They can be used from 6 or 8 weeks, depending on the product. The Frontline spray can be used on kittens as young as 2 days old. Keeping your cat flea free is important to health as heavy infestation can be very detrimental and in extreme cases can cause anaemia and even death, especially in kittens or a cat that is ailing.

Routine worming is also important. The cat may appear pot bellied and its coat and general condition is poor. A worming course is carried out using the appropriate treatments from the vet. Pregnant cats must not be treated for tapeworm during this time. Contact your vet for advice.

A proper balanced diet is essential for maintaining the health of your cat. Your veterinary surgeon can advise you on this. Some foods sold for cats and kittens are not really suitable although the label convinces you it is. It is always best to seek advice on this subject. It will pay off in the long run to give a good diet, even if the outlay is more – you get what you pay for basically ! Water must be available at all times. Milk can be given if the cat or kitten can tolerate it. Cat milk is the most suitable as cow’s milk can upset their digestive system. Cats don’t NEED milk as part of their diet. In the case of orphaned kittens, they will need a powdered kitten preparation.

Any sign of ill health needs to be checked by your veterinary surgeon. Most illnesses if caught quickly will be a lot easier, quicker and cheaper (!) to treat.

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