Your New Kitten
The staff at Eric Broad & Associates would like to welcome you and your kitten to the surgery.
This article contains information which we hope you will find helpful. If you have further questions please feel free to ask a member of staff. You are welcome to discuss your kitten with one of our nurses or ask the vet who sees you for your kitten’s vaccination. Our reception staff will always be happy to point you in the right direction.
We are pleased to give your kitten a full health check before its first vaccination. It is a good idea to allow your kitten to settle in at home for a few days first to allow you time to see if there are any specific concerns you would like to discuss. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Ideally you should keep your new kitten on the food it has been used to for a week or so. After this time you can gradually introduce the food you intend to keep feeding. It is not a good idea to keep altering the diet as this can cause digestive problems and diarrhoea. We can advise you on diet and the correct amount to feed.
Please remember that clean water should be available at all times. We do not recommend milk as part of your kitten’s diet as it can cause digestive upsets.
Vaccination is essential to protect your kitten against several of the most serious infectious diseases. Your kitten will not be allowed into catteries or to travel abroad unless it is fully vaccinated. Two injections at least three weeks apart are required with an annual booster thereafter. The first injection can be given from 9 weeks old but the kitten should not be allowed to mix with other cats or go where other cats have been until 10 days after the second injection. The basic vaccination covers cat flu and feline enteritis but we also strongly recommend the vaccination against feline leukaemia, which is a common killer disease of cats.
Please see our Cat Health page.
Please see our Cat Health page.
Having your kitten “chipped” is advisable. It gives lifelong identification if your kitten is lost. The procedure is as simple as having an injection and all details are logged on a central database so they can be accessed from anywhere in Australia. A convenient time to have your kitten chipped is when it comes in to be neutered.
Pet Health Insurance
Pet insurance takes the worry out of covering the cost of high quality veterinary care. There are now many different insurers offering a range of cover. Please remember to read the small print carefully.
Most kittens are naturally clean and will use a litter tray almost straight away. Remember not to site the tray near to where you feed your kitten and to clean the tray promptly so that your kitten will be happy to use it.
Once your kitten is fully vaccinated and wormed the next thing to do is to get it neutered. We do this from 5 months old for both males and females.
Unneutered males will smell strongly, roam and tend to get into cat fights, so it is important to castrate them before these antisocial habits start. Unneutered females will stay on heat (“calling”) until they are mated and so could produce 2-3 litters of kittens a year. It is therefore a good idea to spay them before their first heat.
Neutering is a routine operation involving a general anaesthetic. Females will have a clipped area of hair and a couple of stitches on their side. Males will have no hair removal and no stitches. Both can be collected later the same day.
REMEMBER, YOUR KITTEN DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SICK TO COME AND SEE US. WE ARE HERE TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN AT ALL STAGES OF YOUR PET’S LIFE