Kitten care advice
Our team of experienced vets have put together the following advice to help you provide your new kitten with the best start possible in life. With information on preventative healthcare, neutering and more, remember that we are on PetsApp and at the end of the phone if you have questions about your kitten’s care.
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What vaccinations does my kitten need?
Once your kitten has arrived home and settled in, you need to start thinking about vaccinations. There are many diseases in the UK that can often be fatal to cats, so keeping them immunised will help to protect them. Your kitten will need their first vaccine at approximately 9 weeks, with their second vaccine given at approximately 12 weeks. Visit our vaccination page to understand what diseases they provide protection from. Our vets will advise which vaccines your kitten needs. This depends on whether they will be indoor or indoor/outdoor cats and if there are other cats in the household.
Worming your kitten
Your kitten will have a roundworm burden that they will have received from their mother’s milk. This is normal but it does mean your kitten will need worming regularly. Contact us to discuss what products are suitable for your kitten.
Flea and tick prevention for your kitten
Getting on top of any flea burden affecting your kitten will be the best thing for their health, but also for your own. Flea infestations in the home are notoriously hard to clear so preventative treatments are the best way to keep you flea free! Learn more on parasite prevention and how best to protect your pet.
Does my kitten need a microchip?
In June 2024 it will become compulsory by law to have your cat fitted with a microchip by 20 weeks of age. No need to wait until then, this is something Daventry Vets can do during a vaccination appointment or health check or when they are neutered. Contact us to get booked in.
Remember, it is essential you keep your pet’s microchip details up to date with your correct contact information. This is so that if they ever become lost or stolen, you have the chance to be reunited with them again.
Kitten neutering advice
Neutering your kitten provides numerous health and behavioural benefits. It also directly impacts the UK’s ever-growing cat population. Learn more about pet neutering, including when to book your pet in with us at Daventry Vets and how the procedure can help your pet.
What should I feed my kitten?
You should invest in some good quality kitten food. Try to stick with the brand that your breeder has been using at first to avoid any tummy upsets. If this isn’t possible, visit our dedicated food and nutrition page or contact our knowledgeable nursing team who will be happy to advise on a suitable, high protein diet to keep your kitten healthy.
Training your kitten
Establishing a healthcare routine whilst young will help save a lot of fuss in the future. You should get your kitten used to their carrier and work daily on their home dental care routine. Creating a good litter tray routine is also essential to avoid mess around your house. This will take time but persevere – your kitten will understand before long! Our nursing team will be able to advise you on other techniques to work on with them so contact us for more kitten training advice.
Daventry Vets also offers a Health Care Plan for cat owners which includes vaccine course and parasite prevention, helping you to spread the cost of preventative care and offering discounts on other treatments.
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