We love new arrivals at our Veterinary Practice. So, to help you choose your new pet we decided to share some advice about what you should look when getting for in a kitten.
Research: Firstly, make sure you’ve thought about whether a cat is right for you. They can live to 15 years old so getting one is a big commitment.
Where to buy: The healthiest kittens will come from mothers that are up to date with their vaccinations, since the antibodies taken in with the mother’s milk will help protect them until they are old enough for their own vaccinations. Kittens should also be wormed at the age of 6 weeks and again at 8 and 10 weeks of age. It is extremely admirable to give an orphaned kitten a home, but be aware that many of them will be very susceptible to the viral diseases, worms, ear mites and ringworm. We often have adverts for kittens on our waiting room notice board so come and have a look.
Behaviour: Try not to pick the small quiet kitten in the corner as it may be more likely to have health problems. Watch them for a while and if you notice any sneezing or weepy eyes, then don’t take the chance. Viral ‘cat flu’ is very common in kittens form un-vaccinated mothers and can result in life-long complications.
Appearance: Look for a kitten with a lovely shiny coat, bright eyes with no discharge, a clean nose, ears free of the back waxy discharge from ear-mites and a clean and dry behind with no irritation or discharge,
Vaccinations, worming and flea treatment: Make sure you ask if the kitten has had any worming, flea treatment or vaccinations (the first vaccinations should be at 9 and 12 weeks), If so, note down the details (when and with which product) so that you can let your vet know. Also try to get a sample pack of the food the kittens have been fed, so that you can change them over to a new food gradually.
If you would like any more information or to book an appointment then phone 01621 818282 (Tiptree Veterinary Centre) or 01206 561407 (Willows Veterinary Centre). Alternatively, visit out websites at www.tiptreevets.co.uk or www.willows-vets.co.uk