We recommend that all cats throughout their lives receive vaccinations to keep them healthy and active. Cats can be vaccinated against a number of potentially fatal diseases. These are feline enteritis, feline influenza and feline leukaemia. Vaccination can start in kittens from as early as 9 weeks of age. For full immunity they require 2 vaccinations 3 weeks apart and annual vaccine boosters thereafter.
As part of the annual booster your cat is given a free health check. A vaccination certificate will be given to you for your records and this will be inspected by catteries before boarding your cat. Annual booster reminders are sent out by the practice by text and by post.
If for whatever reason you do miss the annual booster deadline, we offer a vaccine amnesty. This means your cat will receive the primary vaccination course for the price of a booster.
Fleas are common external parasites of cats and are present all year round. They cause problems in dogs such as flea allergic dermatitis, rashes and sores. A significant part of the flea live cycle occurs in the environment of the cat such as carpets in your home so it is very important to control fleas. A single flea can lay 50 eggs a day so it is easy to see how their numbers can get out of control quickly. Prevention of fleas is far better than battling an infestation. On this photo you can see flea eggs in the belly of this flea about to be laid.
It is recommended that veterinary prescription flea control preparations are used regularly to control fleas. These products are very safe for your cat and highly affective at stopping fleas. Many products are available including spot on type preparations or tasty tablets or injections. These same preparations can also be used to control other parasites such as, ticks, mange mites and lice and round worms.
Please ask us about this and we can recommend the best prevention for your cat. We also have regular offers and free products and our Pet Health Club so we can give you the best products at the best prices.
It is important to regularly worm your cat to keep them healthy. There are two main types of worms that need to be treated. These are round worms (white, long, thin worms) and tapeworms which are made up of lots of segments . Round worms are picked up from the environment such as soil. In the photograph are tapeworms which are picked up in cats as they hunt and eat their prey and also from ingestion of fleas from either hunting or grooming.
Adult cats should be wormed at least 4 times a year but if they are keen hunters worming is recommended every 1-2 months. Kittens should be wormed every 4-6 weeks until they are 6 months of age then change to the adult worming interval.
There are many different worming preparations available ranging from palatable tablets and spot on type preparations all treating different worms for different intervals. Our vets and nurses are here to advise which is the most appropriate for your pet. We have regular offers on free products and our Pet Health Club to give you the best treatment.
Male cats - Tom cats can be castrated from 4 months of age. Cats that are not castrated have a larger territory so will roam further distances and this is associated with higher risk of them being involved in road traffic accidents. It is also associated with them having more cat fights which often lead to injuries particularly abscesses. Castrating reduces this roaming behaviour.
Female cats - These may be spayed from 4 months of age before they start coming into season. Spaying involves removal of the ovaries and the uterus. Cats come into season every 3 weeks and are incredibly prolific breeders and so spaying eliminates unwanted kittens.