Greencross Vets are your partner in pet care and we’re here to support you with your new family member and it’s important that your kitten starts off on the right paw.
A new kitten brings a lot of excitement and joy to the family unit and is often a much awaited event for existing members of the family. In spite of the temptation to show your new family member to everybody, the very best advice is that it should have nothing but peace and quiet in the first 24 hours. Try to encourage all family members to handle the new arrival quietly and gently, and particularly if your new friend is quite young, allow adequate periods of rest by itself.
How do you housetrain your kitten?
Initially it is important to keep your kitten confined to a small area with an appropriate sized litter box.
This allows you to take advantage of a cat’s tendency to eliminate in a loose material. As long as the kitty litter is the only loose material available, very little eff ort should be required to litter box train the kitten.
Generally, kittens will need to go to the toilet after they eat, after they wake up and after play. At those times place the kitten in its litter box and praise them for their work. A kitten does not need to be confined continuously, but should be supervised to prevent accidents and frequently brought back to the appropriate litter box location.
The diseases that vaccinations protect against are serious and oft en fatal (sometimes despite treatment), so vaccinations are VERY important. Complete protection can only be achieved if all vaccines are given and your pet should be kept away from public areas such as parks and shops unt l after the 14 week vaccine.
- 6-7 weeks Feline enteritis & Cat flu
- 10 weeks Feline enteritis & Cat flu + FIV + Leukaemia (if necessary)
- 14 weeks Feline enteritis & Cat flu + FIV Leukaemia
ADULTS Annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.
Learn more about vaccinating your feline friend
Kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 weeks), then every month until 6 months of age (4, 5 & 6 months), then every 3 months routinely. Worming should be performed regardless of whether worms are seen in droppings or not, as some of the more harmful worms are too small to be seen with the naked eye. A thorough all-wormer should be used and the most suitable product can be recommended by your Greencross pet care team.
Heartworm is transferred via a mosquito bite so all pets are susceptible. Continuous lifelong preventative medication is required. The easiest method for cats is a once monthly spot-on preventative. The drops are simply applied to the skin at the back of the neck. Cats don’t need to be blood tested prior to starting preventative medication.
All pets will be exposed to fleas at some stage. It is best to prevent infestations at a young age. There are several options available. Please discuss with your veterinarian which option is best for your pet.
All pets in the household must be treated.
Paralysis ticks are found in or near bush, scrubland and riverbanks. The main tick season is August to January.
If your pet is in a tick area, you should search him/her daily for ticks. Prevention can be difficult so ask your veterinarian for more information as treatment may vary depending on your pet’s level of exposure. No method of tick prevention is 100% effective, so you still need to manually search.
All pets should be desexed between 4 and 6 months of age. Female cats at 4 to 5 months of age. Desexed pets are healthier, and less likely to roam, fight or cause nuisance to neighbours, plus unwanted litters are avoided. There is no advantage in allowing females to have a heat or litter first. Learn more about desexing your pet
Correct food is important particularly during rapid growth time of the first 1-2 years. We stock a variety of premium foods for cats that are not only high quality but feature distinct advantages over the supermarket type foods. Different types of food are dependant on your pet’s age and lifestyle.