Looking after your new kitten

Congratulations on your new kitten. 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.

Kittens need an individual vaccination program which is based on age. Typically they will require vaccines at 9, 13 and 17 weeks of age to ensure maximum protection against life threatening illnesses.

At VetEnt we routinely vaccinate against Cat Flu (feline herpes virus and calicivirus) and feline panleukopenia virus (Parvovirus).

We further recommend you vaccinate your new kitten against Cat “AIDs” (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus FIV), Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Chlamydophilia. Our vets will be able to advise you of the specific requirements for your new kitten.

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Food

Cats are carnivores and require a higher level of protein in their food compared to humans or dogs.

They also have a requirement for taurine, a lack of which can lead to death. Only good quality cat foods have the correct balance of protein and other nutrients to give your cat the best start in life.

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

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Worming

Kittens can be infected with roundworms through their mother’s milk. Therefore they should be wormed every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age.

From 3 months of age worming should be monthly. From 6 months of age for the rest of your cat’s life worming should be every 3 months.

Wormers can be in tablet form or “spot-on” form. In New Zealand the main intestinal worms are roundworms and tapeworms, to ensure you are using a wormer on your cat that targets these worms, see the trained staff at VetEnt.

For more information on worming your cat, click here.


Flea and Mite Treatment

Cat fleas can cause allergic skin disease, anaemia, and even death in kittens. The fleas carry tapeworm eggs and as well as causing itchy bites on people, they can transmit disease to humans.

The majority of a flea’s life cycle is not seen, it is essential to use a product that will disrupt all stages of the lifecycle.

Treatments can be applied to the back of the neck or as a spray. Not all products are the same, please ask your vet which is the best preparation for your kitten and do not use dog products on cats.

More information on flea treatment is available click here.

 
 
 
   

Neutering

Cats are able to have kittens from 5 months of age. All kittens should be neutered (spayed in females and castrated in males) to stop unwanted kittens and prevent unwanted behaviours such as urine spraying. Your kitten can be neutered from 4-6 months of age, it is of no benefit to let your cat have a litter of kittens.

More information on neutering is available here

Essential Items

  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Nutritionally balanced food
  • Microchip with registration on the national database so you can find your kitten faster
  • Cat cage
  • Access to fresh water
  • Love
  • Cat litter and litter tray

Nice to Have Items

  • A bed or cave
  • Toys
  • Collar with 2 bells (to save the birds)
  • Cat door 

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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