Here is all the information you need to provide your cat with optimal healthcare. If you have just acquired a new kitten or adult cat (congrats!!), or maybe its just been way too long since your cat has had a health checkup – below you will find all the information you need to know!
All cats should be vaccinated against cat flu and feline enteritis and, at Glenelg Veterinary Services, the standard vaccine also protects against Chlamydia. (an F4 vaccination). Cats may also be vaccinated against the feline AIDS Virus (FIV) and this is strongly recommended for all outside cats as recent blood testing at Glenelg Veterinary Services has demonstrated that the incidence of Feline AIDS is very high in this area. Vaccines are also available against Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV). We recommend vaccinating kittens with an F4 at 6-8 weeks and a second at 12-14 weeks. Cats with access to outdoor areas should be vaccinated against FIV at 6-8 weeks then two weeks after that, and a third vaccination two weeks after that again. Adult cats who have never been previously vaccinated against FIV need to be blood tested before the vaccine can be used. Adult cats should receive a single booster of each type of vaccine every year to maintain immunity.
Regular worming with an all-wormer is required to remove intestinal worms. Kittens should be wormed every fortnight from 2 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age. They should then be wormed at 4 months of age. All cats over 4 months of age should be wormed every 3-4 months. Cats who hunt may require a higher dose of worming medication. Please ask us about this.
The desexing of both male and female cats will not only prevent the birth of unwanted kittens but will also reduce the risk of many diseases in later life. Desexed cats tend to fight less and therefore sustain fewer injuries and abscesses. Males and females should be desexed at 6 months of age.
Microchipping is a permanent form of non-removable identification, and is required by law in Victoria for all cats. A tiny microchip that is encoded with a unique number is injected under your cat’s skin. This chip can be easily scanned if your cat is lost and it is surrendered to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic. The chip will identify you as the owner and you will be contacted.
Your cat should be fed a complete and balanced diet such as good quality commercial dry and/or tinned food. Raw meaty bones such as raw chicken wings once or twice a week will help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy. Raw bones are less likely to splinter and cause problems than cooked bones.
Pet insurance can help ensure your pet receives the best possible medical attention with minimal personal financial input in the event of accident or sudden illness. We strongly recommend pet insurance and there are a number of reputable companies providing pet insurance.