Kitten and Cat AdviceSCOTT VETERINARY CLINIC LTD
Vaccinations are recommended for your pets to help protect them against potentially life threatening diseases.
We recommend vaccinating your cat and kitten against:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Feline Enteritis [panleucopaenia]
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
Kittens can begin their vaccinations from 9 weeks of age. The initial course consists of 2 injections, 3-4 weeks apart.
We recommend a yearly booster vaccination. This booster vaccination includes a full general health check. It is essential to make sure that your cat is fully protected and most catteries insist upon full vaccination before any cat is admitted.
All vaccinated cats are invited to attend a free 6 month health check up with one of our nurses. This health check will monitor your pets’ weight and general health.
The nurse will also discuss preventative health issues such as worming and flea treatment and diet and exercise.
After your Kittens 2nd vaccination you are invited to attend “Junior Club” nurse consultations. These consultations are offered free of charge at 4 stages throughout your Kittens development.
Junior Club 1st- A 20 minute consultation, usually 4 weeks after 2nd vaccination, at approximately 16 weeks old. The nurse will discuss diet, exercise, dental health, a worming plan and flea treatment. Your pets weight will be recorded.
Junior Club 2nd – A 10 minute consultation, usually 4 weeks after 1st Junior Club at approximately 20 weeks old. The nurse will discuss your pets progress, worming plan and records your pets weight.
Junior Club 3rd – A 15 minute consultation, usually 4 weeks after 2nd Junior Club at approximately 24 weeks old. The nurse will discuss your pets progress , worming plan, record your pets weight and discuss the benefits of neutering.
Junior Club 4th – A 15 minute consultation, usually at 9 months. The nurse will discuss an appropriate long term worming and flea treatment protocol, post neutering weight check ( if appropriate ) and answer any other questions you may have. You will also be issued with a 20% off voucher to spend on one item of any waiting room retail, within one month of this appointment, this excludes any already discounted items.
Free Kitten Health Check
The Practice offers a free kitten check. This consultation is with one of our vets. This is a good opportunity to get advice on how to care for your new kitten. This consultation is for kittens usually less than 12 weeks old, before first vaccination.
Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLV)
Over 70% of cats pick up this infection at some time in their life and a third of these will develop a related disease (often years later). Some cats will become carriers and spread the virus throughout the cat population.
The virus causes many of the cancers seen in cats as well as immunosuppression. This predisposes the infected cat to a very wide spectrum of disease, particularly the infectious agents of feline infectious anaemia, feline infectious peritonitis, viral respiratory disease, mouth infections and abscesses. The virus also causes infertility.
The vaccine is almost 100% effective if given to a non-infected cat. If the cat already has the virus (and it can be passed from the mother to her kittens) then the vaccine may not be protective. All cats can be tested at the practice to see whether they already have FeLV.
Feline Infectious Enteritis (Feline Panleucopenia Virus)
This is a rapidly fatal disease caused by a parvovirus. It causes diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. Kittens in particular can die within a few days after infection due to the rapid fluid loss. The virus can also cause abortions and neurological disease in kittens if the mother is infected during the pregnancy. Thanks to vaccination this is now a disease that we do not see often but when it does appear we are still limited in our success with treatment.
This is the name for symptoms caused by several viruses acting either together or alone. The main causes are Feline Herpes Virus and several strains of Feline Calicivirus. The vaccine contains several of these viruses in a mixture which gives reliable immunity in most cases. The typical signs noted are those of runny eyes, sneezing, a streaming nose, depression and anorexia.
Prompt treatment normally leads to a good recovery but may still cause death particularly in kittens or adults with a compromised immune system. Some cats can end up with continual snuffles after infection or symptoms that return at times of stress. These cats act as carriers of the disease.
Rabies is not currently present in the UK. For this reason routine vaccination against Rabies is not required however, it is mandatory for cats and dogs to be vaccinated against Rabies if you wish to travel abroad with them. Those countries participating in the Pet Passport Scheme are listed on the DEFRA website.
For more information about the Pet Passport Scheme visit www.defra.gov.uk
We recommend that all kittens are wormed every month until they are 6 months old. This is important because kittens are sometimes born with a large number of worm larvae. These can cause serious problems as they mature into adult worms. Cats from the age of 6 months should then be wormed every 3 months throughout their life. Not only is it beneficial to the cat to have no worms, but it is also the duty of every responsible cat owner to reduce the risk to human health from the worm larvae.
Kittens should be fed a complete kitten food from weaning to the age of 6 months. After this a cat should receive a complete adult cat food. There are special dietary considerations for older or overweight cats.
We sell a selection of life stage foods in our waiting room. You can also order pet food using our on-line shop facility.
Please contact the surgery for more information.
We recommend that all cats are microchipped. This involves a tiny electronic chip being placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. Cat micro chipping can be beneficial because the micro chip is read by a special scanner and it means that your cat is permanently identified and can quickly be returned to you if found.
We sell a range of different flea products. Please ask your Vet for advice on fleas.