Cats and Kittens are threatened by several dangerous diseases. Vaccinations can be started from 9 weeks of age, this is a course of vaccines, the second one being given at 12weeks of age. A booster is required annually.
Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are the two most common cause of “cat flu” in the UK. Cat flu is highly infectious and unless prompt treatment is given it can prove fatal. Evan if treated in time, some cats are permanently affected with chronic snuffles.
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)- FeLV is the number one infectious killer of cats in the western world. This is because it reduces the cat’s resistance to other infectious diseases. Young cats are most commonly affected, but it is possible to reveal infection of FeLV through a simple blood test.
The good news is that life long protection against all of these diseases can be provided by vaccination and regular boosters.
Every year animal charities are inundated with unwanted or abandoned Cats and kittens. Neutering your pet will stop this number increasing and also help with behavioural issues and help with health problems later in life. In female cats the operation is called “spaying” , in male cats the operation is called “castration”
The only way to ensure that unwanted pregnancies do not occur is to have your pet neutered from between five and six months of age. A female cat will have her first season at about six months of age and at this time she will start to “call” for about 4-7 days in every 21. During this time she will become very vocal and may show a change in her temperament and posture.
A male cat will become sexually mature between five to six months of age, and at this time he may start to develop “male” behaviour, such as roaming, fighting and spraying.