Vaccinations are important to protect your kitten from potentially fatal viral diseases. Your kitten requires the three initial vaccinations to be fully protected and should not socialize with unvaccinated cats until two weeks after the final vaccination.
Our normal protocol involves:
First at 6-8 weeks
Second at 12-14 weeks
Third at 16-18 weeks
There are several different vaccines that are available. It is best to discuss with us what vaccine would be appropriate for your cat. After these initial vaccinations, yearly boosters are required to maintain protection throughout their life.
Kittens should be wormed with an allwormer which kills all the intestinal worms including roundworm, whipworm, hookworm and tapeworm.
Kittens should be treated:
every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age
every month until 6 months of age
every three months if older than 6 months, for the rest of their life
Be aware that some “allwormers” may not cover all worms, especially tapeworm.
Fleas and other Ectoparasites (eg mites, lice)
Flea and ectoparasite preventatives are available in a spot-on, tablet or spray-on form. Flea powders or collars generally don’t provide adequate protection from ectoparasites. Ectoparasite prevention should be considered especially if the kitten is an outdoor cat, socializes with other cats, or is exposed to wildlife such as foxes or wombats.
We can desex kittens from 10 weeks onwards and preferably before 6 months of age. It is important to desex at a young age because sexual maturity in a kitten can occur early and they will need to be separated from other cats to prevent unwanted matings. Feel free to discuss the ideal time to desex your pet with us.
We recommend feeding your kitten 4 meals a day until they are 12 weeks old. Feeding 3 times a day after 12 weeks is adquate until they are 6 months old. Feed twice a day until they are 12 months, and then once or twice daily as adults. Kittens should be fed kitten food until they are 12 months old as adult cat foods are not high enough in protein or calium for rapid growth. Even as an adult, your cat’s diet should consist of at least 70% commercial cat food, but ideally consists of 100% commercial cat food. Home cooked diets are extremely difficult to nutritionally balance. Ideally feed a mix of dry and wet food to allow chewing activity and increase water intake. For a guide on how much to feed your kitten at different ages, check the food package or consult your vet. Please also note that dog food is not a balanced diet for cats.
If you have any questions about general kitten care please don’t hesitate to ask us!