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What does my new kitten need?


Here is a summary of our current recommendations for kitten preventative health care. All of these components are included in our kitten pack other than worming, diet and flea preventatives.


Vaccines –
Indoor-only cats.

Cats and kittens which stay indoors are much less likely to be exposed to agents such as FIV (cat AIDS) and feline leukaemia virus. We recommend they are vaccinated with an F3 vaccine at 8 weeks old and 12 weeks old. We have also started to recommend a further vaccine at 16 weeks old due to the recent panleukopaenia outbreak in Australia: 


http://www.virbac.com.au/home/vet-newsletter/main/vet-newsletter/feline-panleukopenia.html

A booster is required at 1 year old.

Outdoor cats
F3 vaccine at 8 weeks old, 12 weeks old and 16 weeks old. A booster is required at 1 year old.
Consider vaccinating for FIV(Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). This virus affect cats that go outside and have close contact with other cats. FIV affects up to 10% of outdoor cats in Townsville.


Microchip -
It is a government requirement that all kittens are microchipped for identification. It is also helps to recover your kitten if it ever becomes lost or injured. The procedure involves injecting a small microchip under the skin.

Worming -
Worm your kitten with an all-wormer(one that gets roundworm and tapeworm) every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then every month until 6 months old, then every 3 months.

Heartworm and flea prevention -
Use Advocate or Revolution spot-on treatment every month from 9 weeks old. (These products will also kill intestinal roundworms).

Desexing -
Desex (Castrate or spay) your kitten once they reach 5 months old (This can be done earlier if required). This avoids adult behaviour such as coming in to season or urine marking. It will reduce the size of territory an adult cat wishes to defend making them more sociable and less likely to fight and roam.


Diet -

Cat diet is a controversial area with many differing opinions of the best food types. We recommend feeding a high quality commercial kitten diet as at least 50% of your kittens intake as these foods are supplemented with essential nutrients. We recommend feeding male cats with some wet diet to increase their water intake and try to prevent urinary tract disease.