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Welcome to your Cat and you!

This article is designed to remind you of the information you need with a new kitten and adult cat.  If you have any questions about what is in this article or anything we may have missed then please ask a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.

VACCINATIONS

Kittens require two vaccinations three weeks apart, usually starting at nine weeks and then week twelve.  Kittens are then able to go outdoors two weeks after their second vaccination.  These are ‘topped up’ with a yearly booster.  The vaccines offer protection against Flu and Enteritis for all cats and for any cats going outside then a Leukaemia Virus vaccine is recommended.  These diseases can be very debilitating and for Leukaemia there are currently no good treatments available.  Vaccination is therefore recommended as a preventative treatment.

Our standard vaccinations cover, flu, enteritis and leukaemia.

WORMING

Kittens can be infected with worms before birth and it is therefore wise to worm your kitten monthly until they are six months.  In some heavily infected kittens we may recommend more frequent worming.  At six months, cat worming regimes can be relaxed.  It is usual to worm active outdoor cats every three months, especially if they ever hunt.

FLEAS

Prevention of these problems can be carried out by routine application of ‘spot on’ products.  There are many on the market and some are much less effective.  Ask our staff for the best option.  We recommend that all cats are treated routinely from the time they go outdoors – earlier if they already have problems.

Some unusual types of mites can cause skin problems.  Should your kitten be scratching excessively, ask one of our vets to check these things out for you.

IDENTICHIPS

It is important to identify your kitten so that if any problems occur, we can reunite you as soon as possible.  Collars and tags are good ideas and ask at reception if you want a tag engraving for your puppy.  Identichips are much more permanent.  A small chip is injected under the skin and this chip is registered to you on a national computer system.  If your kitten goes missing, then all RSPCA inspectors, wardens and vets should have readers and hopefully can reunite you with your kitten quickly.  An identichip is also required for a Pet Passport.  If you intend taking your kitten on holidays, ask our staff for any current offers on identichips.  Most cats are identichipped before or after the time of neutering.

PET PASSPORTS

Pets can now be taken to many foreign countries.  An identichip, rabies vaccine and blood test are required (see our separate leaflet).  Pet passports can be started from twelve weeks of age but you cannot come back into the UK for six months.  If you are taking your pet abroad, please be aware that some countries have diseases not seen in the UK.  Please consult the DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk) for information on these diseases.

NEUTERING

Cats are routinely neutered to prevent breeding cycles (or calling) to reduce wandering and reduce unwanted habits (e.g. urine spraying).  Both male and female cats are neutered from six months of age.  This is a relatively straight forward procedure and they are home the same day.

FEEDING

Kittens should be fed frequently; four times daily when small, reducing to twice daily by five months of age.  They should be fed kitten food not adult food as the mineral and energy balance is important for growing kittens.

TEETH

Your kitten will lose its ‘baby’ teeth usually from fourteen weeks to six months of age.  It is a good idea to try to get your kitten into the habit of regular tooth cleaning which will help to reduce tooth decay and prevent the need for dental operations that many older pets suffer with.

INSURANCE

Like all your valuable possessions, your kitten can be insured against problems.  There are many insurance companies offering these services; independent of Ark Veterinary Surgery.  We recommend pet insurance since it can bring peace of mind that the best treatments can be administered without the worry of large bills.  You will usually settle your own vet bills and then claim them back yourself but for larger bills, a direct claim may be offered. Membership plans are available which will give you peace of mind and help spread the cost of treatment. Call or pop in for more details.  Click here for more details

APPOINTMENTS

The surgery has appointments for consultations; each appointment is a minimum of 10 minutes. You can make an appointment by phone or in person but if you are unable to make an appointment, please contact us so we can offer it to another client.

EMERGENCIES

The practice vets work a shared rota for emergency work.  This provides a vet on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year by way of a paging service.  If you have an emergency situation outside normal hours, please phone the surgery and follow the instructions.  The vet will then phone you back and either offer advice or make arrangements to meet you at the surgery.

PAYMENT

Ark Veterinary Surgery aim to provide you with good quality care and advice.  Like all businesses we charge for this service and our products.  Invoices are to be settled at the time of treatment.  If your pet has to stay with us for any treatment then we will be happy to provide you with an estimate of treatment costs – just ask!

If you animal is insured and the treatment they are having is over £250 we can offer to do a direct claim from the insurance company, we would ask that you pay the insurance excess and a handling fee of £20 of you choose this option at the time of treatment.

Finally, we wish you well in the years to come and feel free to contact us should you have any concerns.