Cats feature

Cats

Cats make excellent companions, whilst they are independent they also love affection and cuddles but usually on their terms.  Some cats stay indoors as house cats, though most are allowed out, where they become instinctive hunters catching prey.  If you wish to put a collar on your cat e.g with a bell to alert prey or reflective for road safety, we recommend that you use the quick release collars which give way under force to prevent cats getting caught and either sustaining injuries under their arms from getting their legs caught in the collar whilst trying to struggle free or more seriously being strangled by their collar. 

Pedigree kittens come in all shapes and sizes and price can vary enormously.  We strongly advise that you check the background and records of any breeder and that they have had all the relevant health checks done on both parents and young. Many rescue societies such as The Cats ProtectionRSPCA are over flowing with lovely cats; young and old, looking for loving homes.  It may well be worth contacting them or looking at their websites, you may just find the cat or kitten you are looking for in your new companion.  The Cats Protection (Glastonbury and Wells Branch) is one such charity that we work alongside through their neutering campaigns.

 

Vaccinations 

We recommend that you get your new cat vaccinated if they are not already. Kittens acquire immunity initally from their mother via her milk, but this evetually diminishes once they are weaned from the queen. Vaccines are a brilliant way of safely guarding your cat against life threatening diseases e.g. Leukaemia, Cat flu, Enteritis, Calicivirus, Herpes, etc.

 

Microchipping

We recommend getting your new cat microchipped so that should your cat go missing and be brought in to a veterinary practice, the police, a rescue centre they can be returned to you as soon as possible. It is very important you keep your contact details up to date with the microchip company so that you and your cat can be reunited quickly.

 

Neutering

We urge that if you do take on a kitten or young cat, that you have your cat neutered. Unlike dogs who normally come in to season twice a year, cats have a "breeding season". This usually starts around February / March and continues until September / October. It is brought on by the longer days. The female cat will come into season every 21 days unless she is mated, and can still become pregnant even if she is currently feeding a litter. Un-neutered male cats will travel a great distance if they sense a female is season, increasing the risk of early death due to road traffic accidents.

We therefore recommend  that you neuter your cat at around 4-6 months of age.  This will reduce the likelihood of unwanted litters, fighting, behavioural issues and wandering on to roads looking for a suitor!   

 

Worming and flea treatment

Your cat's lifestyle can dictate which worming regime we recommend. For cats that are indoors and rarely hunt then we would recommend using a combined wormer and flea treatment on the back of the neck once monthly and then treatment for tapeworm every 6 months. 

For the hunters out there, we would recommend the monthly combined wormer and flea treatment but your cat will need treating for tapeworm every 3 months in some cases this may be need to more frequent. Flea control is especially important with hunters as they often pick up little friends from their prey!!!   

Regular parasite control should become part of your pets routine to ensure that they remains fit and healthy.  A heavy burden of internal or external parasites can lead to serious health problems, such as anaemia, in the case of a heavy flea infestation.

Speak to a member of the reception, nursing team or the vet at your next visit, to receive your tailored flea and worming regime.