Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees. TS17 0WA

01642 760 999

reception@copelandvets.co.uk




Care for your Kitten

A new kitten is very exciting, although to a first time owner it can be a very anxious time, so we have introduced Kitten Consultations with our Veterinary Nurses. The nurses will help you make the best choices for your gorgeous new addition; they will answer your questions and give you useful tips and advice. Just contact reception and they will arrange a free kitten nurse consult. An appointment with the Veterinary Surgeon will always be required for vaccinations and medical concerns.

 

We have also produced this very useful Kitten Regime guide for you to refer to.

Kitten Regime Pet Advice

 

Initial vaccination:

 

Course of 2 vaccinations:

   

First vaccination from 9 weeks

Second vaccination from 12 weeks

The interval between vaccinations needs to be 3-4 weeks

 

We recommend vaccinating against Feline Leukaemia Virus as well as Flu and Enteritis. If your Kitten has been vaccinated elsewhere please get us to check whether your kitten is fully covered against Leukaemia

Worming:

 

If younger than 6 months:

Worm once a month

 

 

If older than 6 months:

Worm every 3-6 months



Flea prevention:

 

Stronghold every month for small kittens from 8 weeks or Frontline Combo every month from 8 weeks



NEW - Broadline:

(combined worming, flea and tick)

 

Combined worming, flea and tick treatment as an easy application on the back of the neck, once a month from 7 weeks old.



Feeding:

 

We recommend Hills Science Plan Kitten or James Wellbeloved Kitten
They are complete foods with everything your Kitten needs to stay healthy
Make any changes to your kitten’s diet gradually
Kittens have small stomachs and need feeding little and often

 

 

Younger than 12 weeks old:

Feed up to 4 times a day

 

 

Between 12 weeks & 6 months:

Feed up to 3 times a day

 

 

Older than 6 months:

Feed twice daily


You may want to leave some dry food out during the day.

Watch your Kitten doesn’t over feed as this can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea

Ear Mites:

 

Many Kittens have ear mites. If your Kittens ears appear dirty, full of dark wax or itchy check with vet. They are easily treated



Neutering:

 

Male Kittens from 4-5 month old

 

 

Neutering your male Kitten will reduce spraying in doors, roaming, exposure to infectious disease, fighting and unwanted litters of Kittens

 

 

Female Kittens from 4-5 month old

 

 

Neutering your female Kitten will prevent unwanted litters of Kittens and the stress of calling for a mate.
You may like to consider getting your Kitten an identichip at the same time


Going Outside:

  • Your Kitten shouldn’t go outside until at least a week after the second vaccination.

  • Choose a quiet time to accompany your Kitten outside, allowing it to explore the new environment.

  • Continue to accompany your Kitten until it is used to your garden and can find its way back to the house without difficulty.

  • You may want to get your Kitten used to a call or bowl tap with a reward so you can get them in easily.

  • A good tip is to start letting your Cat out first thing in the morning before you feed it.

  • Identichipping your Cat is really useful. Kittens and Cats can lose a lot of collars!


Litter Trays:

  • It is better to use a small amount of cat litter and change the tray frequently.

  • Kittens and Cats prefer clean fresh trays and use them much better.

  • Place the tray in a quiet accessible corner where your Kitten will be undisturbed

  • Position the litter tray away from where you feed your Kitten.

  • As a rule you should have one more litter tray than cats.

 

If you have any questions relating to anything above or have any questions about your kitten in general please contact us at the surgery (01642 760 999).