We strongly recommend all pets are vaccinated as the diseases we vaccinate against are still prevalent and can have serious and long term consequences.
We choose our vaccine brands carefully to be using the most modern and safest brands. We also tailor make a vaccine regime to your pet’s lifestyle.
What Do We Vaccinate Against:
‘Cat flu’: Two viruses Herpes and Calicivirus. If caught your cat can become a lifelong carriers and can suffer repeated relapses. Calicivirus can cause a very nasty gum disease.
‘Enteritis’: aka Feline Panleucopaenia. This used to be a major killer of kittens but, because of vaccinations, is thankfully rare these days.
These viruses are very hardy and can be carried on shoes and clothing, so even indoor cats still need protection against them.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)This is a killer virus of young cats. It is spread by direct contact, such as grooming, between cats. A young cat going outside should be vaccinated against FeLV.
Rabies for cats that will be travelling abroad on the Pet Travel Scheme. See other information sheet.
The annual health check is vital so we can pick up any health problems early.
First injection from 9 weeks, second injection three weeks after. Protected in a week, but we advise staying indoors until neutered.
Yearly flu injections
Enteritis every 3 years
Yearly leukaemia for young adults that go outside. * Leukaemia vaccination will be given depending on your cats lifestyle.
As well as vaccinations we recommend a senior blood test to pick up any problems at an early stage, when they are much easier to treat.
Kittens require two injections, don’t leave more than 4 weeks between.
Every cat should be seen every year
We will send vaccine reminders.
Why is worming your pet important?
Worms may affect your pet’s health.
Worms may infect people and pose a health risk to you and your family.
Signs of worm infection:
These may include vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, weight loss, ‘pot-bellied’ appearance, poor coat quality or stunted growth.
Mechanism of transmission:
Animals can become infected from their mother, from the environment, or from hunting.
We will administer worming as required at your pet’s annual health check.
If your cat is difficult to give tablets then you can book a nurse appointment for them to administer the tablet. or we can advise about spot on products.
at both kitten vaccinations and neutering (9, 12 and 18 weeks)
every 3 months for life but monthly for avid hunters.
Cats that do not go outside, do not hunt and are not fed raw pet foods, may not need regular repeat worming.
Kittens and puppies need regular worming as they will have picked up worms from their Mum.
Worm outdoor cats every three months.
Use Advocate monthly on dogs to prevent lungworm and Drontal regularly to treat tapeworm.
We will advise on the best products and protocol for your pet
Neutering your cat
We recommend that your kitten is neutered by five and a half months of age.
A Queen (female cat) will start coming into season from 5 months of age.
She will cycle frequently unless pregnant. The more often she cycles, the more likely she is to develop mammary tumours, uterine infections and ovarian problems.
If a cat has kittens she will very quickly become fertile and pregnant again, repeated pregnancies are very bad for a cat.
When a cat is ‘spayed’, both ovaries and the uterus are removed which prevents these problems.
It is unfair on her NOT to spay her.
Testosterone causes a male cat to want a big territory and to be more aggressive and roam further a field.
This increases his chances of being run over, getting into fights with other cats and possibly becoming infected with the FIV (Cat Aids) virus.
He will start to spray very smelly urine all over your home.
You can prevent these dangers by castrating him before five and a half months.
It is unfair on him NOT to castrate him.
Please note brothers and sisters WILL mate!.
We prefer to do a pre-anaesthetic blood test.
We have a sophisticated anaesthetic protocol , very safe anaesthetic drugs and lots of pain relief.
For the females we place stitches under the skin and use a midline approach to minimise discomfort and increase safety.
We admit your cat before 9.30am. He or she should have had no food from 8.00pm the previous evening but must have had access to water overnight.
We will call you once your cat has fully recovered and they can usually go home from 3pm. A check up at 10days is included in the price.
Neutering your cat before 6months is one of the most important things you can do for their health and welfare.
The procedure is very safe and cats recover very quickly.
We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
Feline Oral Health
A healthy mouth means a healthy cat.
Cats are little hunting creatures. No hunting creature hunts jelly or gravy.
Give a good quality dry food. We recommend Royal Canin, Burns, Omega & Go Cat dry food for cats. * It’s good for the cat and not too bad for the teeth. But hunting creatures don’t hunt biscuits – they are not what teeth are designed for but dry food is a good compromise as a convenient and balanced diet.
Give your cat mouse-sized strips chunks of raw meat twice a week as a meal.. Raw chicken wings are ideal.
Don’t feed cooked bones.
Preventive measures in addition to correct diet:
Toothbrushing every day: initially difficult to do, but the best prevention. Use a veterinary toothpaste.
Get your kitten used to you handling their mouth and touching their gums initially; then introduce the paste on your finger and finally get them used to using the brush and toothpaste.
Plan ORAL HEALTH or t/d (tooth diet) can be given to cats over a year old. The cat’s teeth SINK INTO the biscuit before it crumbles and the slimy plaque is wiped off. T/D can also be used if your cat is very prone to plaque and gingivitis. Because of the high fat content of t/d, it must comprise no more than a quarter of the total diet.These steps should mean that your cat is less likely to require an anaesthetic for dental treatment in later life.
Feed a good quality dry food
Don’t feed gravy or jelly food
Tooth cleaning requires patience and training but is well worth the effort
Dental disease is painful and bad for the general health of your cat
Fleas are a very common problem. With recent warm wet summers we have seen severe infestations.
Fleas can cause irritation, allergy and anaemia, they also transmit tapeworms.
Fleas will bite people but won’t live on you.
Fleas can be easily treated and prevented but only if using the correct products.
The products we sell are effective and very safe.
The best products are Prescription Only Medicines (POM)
We legally need to have seen your animal in the last year to dispense a POM of any kind. We offer a free flea check if required.
Treating the home:
Fleas can lay many millions of eggs, these fall off into the home, they hatch into larvae in your carpets and in cracks and crevices.
In heavy infestations, it may be necessary to kill eggs and larvae that are already in the environment.
Vacuum first and pay particular attention to dark areas, such as around skirting boards and where soft furnishings meet the floor.
Do not apply these sprays to your pet and follow the directions carefully.
Fleas are common but easily preventable using the correct treatment.
Fleas can cause significant skin disease in some cats.