How often should I get my cat vaccinated and wormed?
We recommend that all cats have an F3 vaccine at 8-10 weeks then at 10-12 weeks. From then cats need an annual booster. Outside cats should have an FIV vaccination as well.
Kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months of age, then every 3 months for life.
Do I need to protect my cat from heartworm ?
Heartworm can cause two forms of disease in cats.
1) Heart disease from the blockage of the heart by these very large worms.
2) Respiratory disease caused by the tiny microfilaria that mosquitoes deposit in your cat's skin. These travel from your cat's skin through their vessels to your cat's heart and lungs.
Prevention of infection with this disease is possible by using one of the following products monthly:
For more information about heartworm in cats please see the useful links section below.
What is the best product for flea and tick prevention?
Paralysis ticks are another potentially fatal parasite. The only licenced product for prevention of these parasites is Frontline Spray. It can be quite difficult to use this spray on cats so the regime we use on our cats is either
Frontline topspot - every 2 weeks
Seresto collar - replaced every 4 months (nb may cause some cats to scratch their necks excessively, if it does remove it immediately)
Neither Frontline topspot or Seresto Collars are licensed to use for paralysis tick prevention but they are both safe and there is anecdotal evidence to suggest their efficacy against paralysis ticks.
What should I feed my cat?
Our main priorities when it comes to feeding cats are
AVOID mushy foods - by this we mean mince, canned food, mushy vegetables, soggy pasta. These foods stick around your cat's teeth and cause awful dental disease! Choose dry cat food and chopped up meat instead.
Cats are obligate carnivores so they must have meat! Please do not be tempted to feed your cat a vegetarian diet.
Kittens and nursing mothers need kitten food.
Feed your cat in set meals rather than allowing them to graze - this helps control their weight and reduces dental disease.
We feed our pets premium quality food because it has the most consistent nutritional content and we find that they produce smaller and less smelly poos when they eat it. The term premium pet food has become less clear over the years but the products that we consider to be truly premium are:
How do I change my cat from one food to another?
One of the most common causes of diarrhoea in cats is a change in diet. To avoid this always wean your cat onto their new food slowly over 1-2 weeks.
How can I stop my cat toileting outside the litter box
Inappropriate elimination is complex. It can be due to medical problems (kidney disease, hyperthyroidism,urinary tract inflammation, arthritis) as well as behavioural problems (anxiety, litter substrate preference/aversion, location preference/aversion).
It is best to book an appointment so we can check your cat over and discuss the problem in depth with you.
How do I introduce a new cat to the household?
Introducing a new cat into the household can be difficult. Our advice is
1) Ensure both cats are healthy and parasite free prior to introducing them.
2) Provide each cat with a sanctuary that is free of the smell of the other cat
3) Use Feliway diffusers (Feliway Multicat may be especially useful) to reduce anxiety
4) Monitor both animals for stress related disease (such as lower urinary tract disease, flare ups of cat flu)
5) Give it time! Don't expect them to be friends immediately, if they are tolerating each other this is a huge first step!