Looking after your new cat

Congratulations on your new cat. VetEnt has a few important health tips for you and your new friend.

Vaccinations

Your cat will require vaccinations to aid in the prevention of the following conditions.

Cat Flu (Herpes Virus and Calicivirus)
This can be fatal in young kittens and lead to a cat that has episodes of illness throughout its life. Cat flu symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing, sore eyes, not eating, lethargy and death.

Chlamyophilia
Chlamyophilia is a bacteria that affects the eyes of cats.
It is included in the core vaccine in high risk areas.

Feline Parvo Virus
This can be a fatal disease that causes vomiting and diarrhoea in kittens.

FIV
Unlike the human version HIV, cats can transfer cat AIDS via cat bites during fights and prolonged bowl sharing. Annual boosters are recommended.

Leukaemia
Transferred via cats in close contact, feline leukaemia virus leads to a fatal disease where tumours and illness occurs. Annual boosters are recommended.

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Food

Cats are carnivores so have a high protein requirement and require taurine in their diet. Dog food, birds, mice and table scraps do not usually have high enough protein or the taurine required.

Premium cat food is nutritionally complete, guaranteed to cater for all your cat’s needs. When the diet is correct the cat’s coat will be glossy. Usually a dry or dull coat indicates poor nutrition or a disease.

Cats should move from kitten food onto an adult maintenance formula from neutering or about 1 year of age.

Cats do not require variety, testing has shown they prefer consistency in the shape of their dried food.

Cats should transition onto a senior diet around 7 years of age. A good quality protein diet throughout your cat’s life will help save your cat’s kidneys from damage that occurs.

Dental conditions are also common in cats as they do not clean their teeth. Premium food from your vet includes a chemical dental formula that helps slow the build up of tartar.

Worming

Throughout the rest of your cat’s life worming should be every 3 months with a good quality wormer from your vet. 

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Flea and Mite Treatment

Flea and mite treatment can be applied to the back of the neck. Some flea treatments are also wormers which kill external and most internal parasites. Please ask your vet which is the best for your cat.

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Water

Cats drink more frequently from a moving water source and cat drinking fountains are available. Urinary crystals and urinary tract infections are more common in cats that do not drink enough water.

Cat Fights

Cats defend their territory especially in spring which is breeding season, cats will roam more and get into fights. A cat bite will usually lead to a nasty abscess. If your cat gets a bite, taking them into the vet for treatment is the best option to avoid an abscess and impending complications.

Essential Items

  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Nutritionally balanced food
  • Cat cage
  • Access to fresh water
  • Love
  • Cat litter and litter tray

Nice to Have Items

  • Bed
  • Microchipping
  • Brush and nail clippers
  • Treats
  • Catnip toys and interactive toys
  • Cat door
  • Water fountain
  • Cat scratching post
     

Proactive Animal Care for Pets

Animal care is not just about building a great relationship with your local vet; animal care is about understanding your pet’s health.

At VetEnt, our animal care team recognise that you want highly knowledgeable and skilled veterinarians, who will also take the time to ensure you understand what is happening with your pet at every step. We’re always there to help you reach a decision that is right for you..

Care is about treatment as much as it is about prevention. At VetEnt, our aim is  to keep your pet in optimal health by being  proactive through offering immunisation programs, neutering, flea treatments worming products, and appropriate nutrition. If your pet requires veterinary attention, you can rest assured that you’ll find an animal care team of experienced vets and passionate vet nurses, equipped with the latest technology. Your local VetEnt animal care team pride themselves on being committed to providing a service that will ensure your pet lives an enjoyable and healthy life.

Regular visits will help our veterinary health care team provide for your pets best interests.

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