- Maintaining good dental hygiene is as an important for our pets as it is for us. Gingivitis, plaque and tartar can all lead to other diseases throughout our body. It can cause pain, especially in the mouth. Cats do not overtly show their pain, but they change their eating habits to avoid causing pain in their mouth.
Cats - Dental Disease
Cats - Desexing
- We recommend to desex your pet at 6 months of age
- Desexing is a day procedure. The night before the operation your cat can eat its normal meal, but after 9pm take away all food. In the morning take away the water.
Cats - Fleas
- Fleas are one of the most common parasites you will have to deal with.
- Fleas feed on your pets blood, this can be irritating and can also contribute to anaemia. Fleas can also transmit other diseases as well!
- Dealing with a flea outbreak can be quite difficult. Only a small part of the problem will be from the fleas on your pets, the rest will be from the environmental source. This can sometimes be a very difficult area to find or access and may be one of your pets favourite places to be. E.g under the house, under a bush.
Cats - Intestinal Worms
- treat every fortnight from 2 weeks of age until 3 months of age,
- then every month until 6 months of age,
- then every 3 months for life
- NB: Nursing mothers should be treated 10 days before queening and 10 days after queening
- For cats that are difficult to tablet, Profender is a product that you can place onto the skin on the back of the neck to worm them. It can make a sometimes difficult job a lot easier.
Cats - Microchipping
- all kittens that are sold or given away must, by law, be microchipped. A microchip can be placed at any time but it is commonly done when the kitten is desexed.
- Remember to change your details with the local council if they are to change.
Cats - Ticks
- The only registered product is Frontline spray. which will last for 3 weeks when sprayed properly
- checking daily is the best prevention
- It is really important to read the product label, there are many products available in dogs that CAN NOT be used in cats.
Cats - Vaccinations
1st vac - F4 at 8-10 weeks old
2nd vac - F4 at 12-14 weeks old
Then yearly boosters for life.
F4 = Calicivirus, Herpes virus, Chlamydia (all contribute to causing cat flu) and Feline enteritis virus (causes gastro intestinal signs)
April Cat Assist Desexing Program
Cats - Accounts
Our Clinic is unable to offer accounts.
We request that full payment is made at the time of discharge or at completion of treatment, and we may ask for a deposit on admission in some circumstances.
Cats - Cat Flu
- Is a frequently seen disease causes by a number of viruses and bacteria. Regular Vaccination can help prevent this disease. Once an animal has this disease it can recur through out their lives, especially during times of stress.
- Often people will see runny eyes, sneezing or coughing. The severity of this disease can be quite debilitating, and enough to kill, especially in young animals.
Cats - Chronic Renal Failure
- Renal failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to excrete all the bodies waste.
- Renal disease can occur without Renal Failure as the body has a large reserve. In chronic renal disease, more than 2/3 of the kidneys are affected by the time we can detect disease, and that is with a blood test!
- The early signs of renal disease can be an increase in your cats thirst, or an increase in the volume or frequency that your cat pees.
Cats - Cystitis and FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease)
- Cystitis means inflammation of the bladder, or a bladder infection.
Cats - Diabetes Mellitus
- Some people may know this as 'sugar diabetes'.
- Animals that have Diabetes may have:
- an increase in their thirst
- urinate more frequently or in inappropriate locations
- be frequently hungry
- lose weight
- Lethargy, tiredness
- Poor Coat condition
- If your pet is showing these signs, you should consider having a blood and urine test done.
- Just like in people, this disease is more common in overweight cats
- Older desexed male cats cats tend to be over represented as are Burmese Cats.
Cats - Heartworm
- Not common but is often treated monthly for life in combination with some intestinal worming products.
Cats - Hyperthyroidism
- The thyroid is a two lobed gland with one gland located on each side of the windpipe (trachea) in the neck area. The thryoid gland produces thyroid hormone which is released into the blood stream and act on cell in the body. This hormone controls the rate at which every cell in the body functions. Too much thyoid hormone causes every cell to work too fast (Hyperthyroidism)
- The common signs that we can see are Increase in apetite but they still lose weight. Patchy hair loss, increased thirst and urination, hyperexcitability, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Cats - Pet Insurance
- It is worth considering Pet Insurance, as it can make some pretty expensive bills a lot more affordable. We normally suggest you contact your normal insurer who may have insurance to cover your pet for a additional monthly fee.
- You will need to check just what they cover, in our area, it would be preferable to have some cover against Snakes and Tick intoxications.
Cats - Reducing Stress for your Cat
- A stressed cat may appear nervous, fearful or aggressive. It may be easily excited or irritated, jumpy or timid.
- to reduce stress it is important to avoid punishing your cat even when the behaviour is inappropriate.
- It is really important to keep your cat active.