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Giving your kitten the best start
Once you have your kitten, it is important to give them the best start in life by setting them up with a preventative health care plan to keep them healthy and safe from disease.
We recommend joining our Pet Health Club to keep all your kittens' essential preventative health care covered for life.
Read about reducing stress for cats here.
Neutering is hugely important in cats to prevent various health problems as well as to prevent unwanted litters, which is especially important in female cats that go outside. Having a litter of kittens is a big responsibility and finding homes can be difficult so it’s always better to be proactive in order to prevent this from becoming an issue. Castration of tom cats also reduces roaming behaviour and reduces their likelihood of catching certain infectious diseases.
We routinely vaccinate cats against panleukopenia (enteritis), calicivirus and herpesvirus (both part of the 'cat flu' complex), and feline leukaemia. The initial vaccine course for kittens can be started from 8-9 weeks with the second vaccine given 3-4 weeks later.
We do also offer rabies vaccination for pets planning on travelling abroad.
Dental disease is very common in cats, especially as they get older. The best way to get your kitten used to having their teeth brushed is to start when they are young. Our staff are very happy to discuss how to start tooth-brushing if you have any queries or concerns.
We offer a Well Pet blood test, which is a low-cost health screen that looks at markers of diseases including diabetes, liver and kidney disease, certain types of cancers and anaemia. If it is performed at the same time as your cat’s annual health check and vaccination, there is a further discount applied to the price. It is a good screening tool to use to check for subtle signs of disease, sometimes before problems can be detected on clinical examination. It is also useful to provide 'baseline' values for your individual pet. The test is run on our in-house blood machines, ensuring we can report the results to you promptly and efficiently.
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