Kitten Information

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Park Ridge Animal Hospital
3626 Mt Lindesay Highway
Park Ridge
QLD 4125

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Phone:
07 3800 1378
Fax:
07 3800 7249

Browns Plains Veterinary Surgery
Shop 5/ 3276 Mt Lindesay Highway
Browns Plains
QLD 4118

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CARING FOR YOUR NEW KITTEN 

 

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Owning a cat is a very rewarding experience offering you much love, friendship and happiness. But in return it carries responsibilities involving the daily care and attention your new pet needs. These notes provide you with information about caring for your new cat.

The vets and nurses at Park Ridge Animal Hospital are here to help you keep your cat healthy and happy in the years ahead, so please contact us if you have any questions.

VACCINATIONS 

Vaccinations are available against common infectious diseases of cats including CALICIVIRUS, HERPESVIRUS, FELINE ENTERITIS and FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS. A series of vaccinations is necessary to establish a high level of immunity in your kitten so it will be protected for at least 12 months.

  • Feline Enteritis: is a viral intestinal infection
  • Calicivirus and Herpesvirus: viruses that affect the eyes and upper respiratory tract. Often cats that are infected as kittens remain life long carriers of the disease.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency virus (“cat aids”): a virus that is spread mainly by saliva during cat fights and can disrupt the bodies immune system. Most cats are at very low risk of infection but if they are outside, undesexed or regularly get into fights, a blood test and vaccine may be needed. The vaccine is a series of 3 injections 2 weeks apart. Please discuss with the vet to establish if a blood test is required. Microchipping is recommended.

Our recommended vaccination protocol is:

  • 6 – 8 weeks of age – Kitten 3 (Calicivirus, Herpesvirus and Feline Enteritis)
  • 12 – 14 weeks of age – Kitten 3 (Calicivirus, Herpesvirus and Feline Enteritis)
  • 16 – 18 weeks of age – Feline 3 (Calicivirus, Herpesvirus and Feline Enteritis) and then an ANNUAL VACCINATION AND HEALTH CHECK.

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INTESTINAL WORMS 

Intestinal worms (ROUNDWORM, HOOKWORM and TAPEWORM) are common in kittens, as they can become infected with worms before they are born or via their mother’s milk. Worm infestations can lead to ill-thrift, diarrhoea, vomiting and if severe, death.

Worming is especially important if children or immunocompromised people are in contact with your cats as some worms can cause disease in people.

As roundworms can be transferred to people, kittens should be wormed every two weeks from two to twelve weeks of age.

Cats can also carry a parasite called TOXOPLASMA. The eggs of this parasite are passed out in the cat’s faeces. Toxoplasma can cause serious health issues, especially in pregnant women or people with suppressed immune systems. For this reason, it is sensible to always wear gloves when gardening and when cleaning litter trays.

Our recommended worming protocol is:

  • 0 – 12 weeks of age – worm FORTNIGHTLY with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER
  • 3 – 6 months of age – worm MONTHLY with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER
  • Adult cats – worm EVERY 3 MONTHS with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER

It is important to understand that intestinal allwormer tablets DO NOT prevent heartworm.

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HEARTWORM DISEASE 

Heartworm disease is a rare condition in cats. For this reason we don’t specify that all cats must be on heart worm prevention like with dogs. However, even though it is a rare disease in cats, it can still be fatal.

Our recommended heartworm prevention protocol is:

ADVOCATE and REVOLUTION are both great products for cats that prevent heart worm as well as killing fleas and intestinal worms.

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FLEA CONTROL 

Flea control is essential ALL YEAR in Queensland. Adult fleas can lay up to 2000 eggs so 1 flea can cause big problems. There are many flea products available so please ask our trained staff if you have any questions.

Our recommended flea control protocol is:

Year round use of Advantage or Frontline Plus. 

 There are many other flea control products available such as shampoos, tablets, rinses and collars. We recommend different products for different animals based on their individual needs and medical history.

Cats can be very sensitive to some of the common flea treatments for dogs so please ensure the product you are using is safe for cats and you are using the correct dose. Every year we see cats die because dog flea products have been used on them.

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PARALYSIS TICKS 

Paralysis ticks kill dogs and cats. Any cat that is in or near bushland or areas where wildlife is present are at risk of picking up ticks. Ticks may be seen all year but are most prevalent from August to February.

The areas where we most commonly see tick paralysis cases include Regents Park, Hillcrest, Crestmead, Boronia Heights and Greenbank.

Our recommended paralysis tick prevention protocol is:

There is not a registered product for tick prevention in cats. Our recommendation is to use FRONTLINE PLUS TOPSPOT every 2 weeks.

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DESEXING 

We recommend that all pets be desexed. The procedure can be performed from 12 weeks of age, but we prefer to do it at 6 months of age when your pet is more mature. There are many unwanted kittens already and we believe that part of being a responsible pet owner is having your pet desexed.

At Park Ridge Animal Hospital we perform desexing procedures everyday during the week but not on weekends. Your pet is admitted to the hospital at 8am and goes home between 4pm and 7pm. For female cats it is important to try and keep them quiet until the sutures are removed ten days after surgery. Male cats do not have any sutures but it is advised to keep them confined for 3 days until they have made a full recovery.

The total fee includes the pre-operative examination, pre and post-operative pain relief, a three-day post-op check, suture removal, TLC and paw holding!

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MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION 

Microchipping is a simple procedure whereby a small rice grain sized microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that can be detected by a scanner and is linked to a national database. This provides identification in cases where your pet is lost or stolen.

The council pound, humane societies and most veterinary practices have scanners. A free phone number is available to allow the owner to be traced through the registry.

As of July 1 2009, it is compulsory for dogs and cats to be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks.

As well as this, Park Ridge Animal Hospital has its own pet identification system. Please ask a staff member for information about this free and easy service that we offer our clients.

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PET INSURANCE 

Insurance is available for your pet! Pet insurance is a great way to ensure you can provide the best care to your pet if it becomes sick or injured. We can provide you with information so you can decide which policy best suits you.

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FEEDING YOUR KITTEN 

What to feed?

  • There are many foods available for your pet. It is best to feed a premium kitten food such as Hills Science Diet and Eukanuba. Benefits of these foods over other cat foods include:
  • Superior palatability
  • Designed for your cat’s life stage ie: foods designed for young kittens, for adults cats, for indoor only cats and for older animals with specific dietary needs.
  • Highly concentrated so you can feed your pet less.
  • Highly digestible so they produce LESS faeces and smell
  • No artificial colours
  • Foods to keep you cat healthy i.e.: to help reduce fur balls, to keep teeth healthy and to help them lose some weight

When changing your cat’s food it is best to do it gradually (over 3-4 days) to limit any stomach upsets.

How much?

It is always best to follow the feeding guideline for the product. Some cats will eat very quickly whileothers will graze slowly over the day, so it is very difficult to give a general recommendation.

How often?

Rather than feeding your cat one large meal, it is best to feed 3-4 smaller meals throughout the day. Once they are older than 4 months, two meals per day is sufficient. As an adult cat, two meals per day is better than one.

Dental Hygiene and Bones

Raw bones are important to keep your cat’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. Some cats enjoy chicken necks or wings but unfortunately many will not chew them.

Cats should never be given cooked bones.

Cooked bones are brittle and can splinter. This can cause stomach upsets, constipation and obstructions.

Special diets such as Science Diet Oral Care and Prescription Diet T/D (teeth diet) are very effective at keeping your adult cats’ teeth healthy. Because we see so much dental disease in older cats (80% of cats over 3 years of age) we recommend these products to help ensure your pet has great teeth for their entire life.

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