Basic Yearly Health Maintenance for Cats

1. VaccinationsYearly vaccinations are necessary for the Herpes and Calici virus components of the vaccine because they are respiratory in nature and the immunity must be renewed every year much like influenza in people.

2.Worming: should be done every 6 months.  The main parasite of concern to people is Toxoplasmosis.  This is a protozoa that can be shed in the faeces of young cats with diarrhoea.  This parasite is of critical importance to pregnant women as it can cross the placenta and affect an unborn foetus.  Pregnant women should preferably not handle the kittens kitty litter tray at all or if this is impossibe they should wear disposable gloves. 

3. Flea control Activyl should be applied to the skin on the back of the  neck between October and March.  It is best to buy a 6 months packet of Frontline in September and then you are prepared for the whole flea season.  A female flea lays 50 eggs per day so if there are a lot of fleas in the environment all year round application of Frontline may be necessary.  If the flea situation is that bad then it would be better to bring the cat in to see us so we can apply Frontline Spray for the first month and give some other treatment as well.

4. Diet : feeding good quality dry food is important.  This will provide the best outcome for the long term health of the cat.  We recommend Royal Canin, Iams or Hills Science diet.  There may be different products within this range that are best at different ages but we can best advise you at the time of purchase.