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Cat Health Care

Caring for your cat, some helpful info

Worming

Recent research has shown that 25% of cats have worms/eggs on their coats! Roundworms are white, smooth and look like strands of spaghetti. Tapeworms appear as small white segments that often dry and adhere to the fur around the anus, resembling grains of rice. Regular worming is required.

Kittens should be wormed at 2, 5, 8 and 12 weeks old. After that we recommend you worm at least every 3 months. Fleas can spread tapeworms, so flea control should also be considered. We can offer advice on all aspects of worming and sell very effective treatments.

Fleas

Fleas are very much a year round problem and thus need regular treatment.

Fleas spend their adult life on your dog/cat, laying eggs into the coat (hundreds per week!). These eggs will then be dropped onto the bedding, carpets, furniture etc. where they will hatch back into adults. These adults then hop back on to your dog/cat and the cycle begins again.

Therefore, in a very short period, one flea can produce many thousands of fleas in your household if effective treatment is not used. These fleas cannot only produce itching and possibly an allergic dermatitis in your dog/cat but they may well bite you and make your life a misery as well.

We sell many effective problems to help eradicate fleas both on your dog/cat and in your house. Our members of staff are always happy to give you advice on what is best for you and your pets.

Vaccination

It is possible to vaccinate against the following diseases:

  • Feline Enteritis
  • Viral rhinotracheitis ('cat flu')
  • Feline calicivirus ('cat flu')
  • Feline Leukaemia
  • Feline Bordetella

As well as the 'cat flu' and enteritis, we strongly recommend you vaccinate against feline leukaemia, as this is a fatal disease that is predominantly spread through fighting and mating.

Bordetella is a relatively new vaccine and helps protect against a respiratory infection that is especially likely to occur in multi-cat environments and when mixing with other cats at shows or in catteries.

Kittens need two doses of vaccines 3 weeks apart, starting from 9 weeks old.

Yearly vaccinations are advisable.

During the booster consultation, your cat will receive a thorough health examination, which will help us to identify symptoms of early disease. In addition, advice can be given on worming, flea treatments, diets, behaviour etc.

It is important to ensure your pet's immunity does not lapse, as many of the diseases vaccinated against are potentially fatal. In addition, vaccinations are essential if your cat needs to go into a cattery.

Microchipping

These are very small (the size of a grain of rice) and are implanted under the skin. Your pet's unique microchip number is registered with the national pet log.

If your pet should get lost, they can be quickly reunited with you by having the microchip scanned and then obtaining your details from the pet log. In some situations, it can also be used to prove ownership. Microchips are also an essential part of the Pet Health Club.


SureFlap Cat Flap and SureFlap Cat Feeder

We now sell a cat flap and a cat feeder, which are both activated by your cat’s microchip. Up to 32 microchips can be programmed! This means you no longer need to use a special collar - your cat activates the door to the cat flap and the lid to the cat food bowl via his/her microchip.

Buy a SureFlap cat flap or Cat Feeder and get up to 3 microchips* implanted for £10.00 each.

max 3 chips per client.

Nutrition

High quality complete dog/cat foods can make a big difference to your dog's general health. There are many good foods available but we believe Hills and Royal Canin to offer the best range and palatability.

We also stock special prescription diets for use in certain conditions e.g. obesity, kidney and urinary problems. We are always happy to give advice on your pet's nutrition. Neutered dogs and cats need approximately 30% less kilocalories (Kcals) than pets that have not been spayed/castrated; this is due to hormonal changes.   

If you simply reduce your pets food ration they are likely to be hungry - Royal Canin have a range of Neutered Diets to enable you to feed the same quantity of food but there are fewer Kcals than in the un-neutered range.

Many human foods are poisonous to dogs and cats and can be fatal if eaten.

Are you worried about your pet's weight? Abi runs 'Slimming Club’, which is a free clinic to support your pet while they lose weight. Click here to find out more about Slimming club. Or do you think your pet is underweight? Book a free consultation with Abi who can show you how to body score your pet and advise on the best food to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We now sell a SureFlap Cat Feeder, which is activated by your cat’s microchip. Up to 32 microchips can be programmed!

This means you no longer need to use a special collar - your cat activates the door to the cat flap and the lid to the cat food bowl via his/her microchip.

Buy a SureFlap cat flap or Cat Feeder and get up to 3 microchips* implanted for £10.00 each

* max 3 chips per client.

Dental Care

Dental disease is common in cats.

In addition to the accumulation of plaque and calculus, the teeth may develop erosions of the outer enamel, which can be very painful.

Some cats will tolerate tooth brushing with animal specific toothpastes, but if not, we can recommend other preventative measures – including special foods.


Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Cleaning your kitten / cat's teeth is a daily commitment - it should be an enjoyable time with your cat but does need to approached slowly to enable your cat to become accustomed to the procedure. Give lots of praise as you go through the stages below.

Ensure you have the correct toothbrush and paste both of which should be designed for animal use. Human toothpastes aren't designed to be swallowed and are likely to upset your cat's stomach. Cat toothbrushes are smaller, softer and are a different shape.

If your cat has periodontal disease, a specific toothpaste will be recommended.

How to Begin:

>>Choose a time when you are not rushed and both you and your kitten / cat are relaxed and your kitten not overly playful. To get your cat used to having something in its mouth, begin by using an index finder and gently rub this along the gums of the top and bottom jaw on either side of the mouth. Keep this session short and praise your cat afterwards.

>>You can then use a little of the flavoured toothpaste. Let your cat lick the paste off your finger, which he will view as a treat. Again, praise your cat.

>>After a few days of this, you then introduce the toothbrush. Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the brush pushing it down into the bristles. Allow your cat to lick the paste from the brush and in doing so get used to the texture of the bristles. Praise your cat.

>>When you begin to use the toothbrush and paste to actually clean the teeth, start by brushing one or both of the upper canines. These are the large ones towards the front on either side of the lower and upper jaw. It is the mechanical action of the brush on the teeth that is important: Always stand/sit to the side of your cat to reduce the risk of him moving forwards into the brush, which could cause damage to his mouth.

>>Similarly, the use of a gum massager, unless contraindicated, will provide benefit to the gums. Talk to your cat and praise him when you have finished.

>>When your cat accepts having several teeth brushed you can slowly increase the number you clean at each session.

Aim to brush your cat's teeth on a daily basis - once you get started, it will become part of your daily routine just as brushing your own teeth is.

Food has a direct impact on your cat's teeth. Studies have shown that feeding a dry diet will help prevent plaque accumulating on the teeth. Veterinary dentist- approved diets are available through our surgery. Avoid feeding sweet treats and human foods, as these will increase the build-up of plaque and tartar.

Neutering

There are several advantages to neutering:

Females:

  • Prevent unwanted kittens
  • Avoid reproductive problems
  • Avoid womb infections
  • Reduced chance of breast cancer later in life

Males:

  • Less likely to roam and get in fights
  • Marked reduction in likelihood of urine spraying
  • Avoids the distinctive 'tom cat urine' smell
  • Avoid testicular problems in later life

Unless you are planning on breeding, we advise neutering at about 5 – 6 months old unless you have a male and female kitten at the same time, when it is advisable to have them neutered younger to prevent pregnancy.

A member of staff will be happy to advise you.

Senior Cats

As our pets get older, they tend to develop many of the conditions we experience ourselves - arthritis, tumours, diabetes and heart disease.

Regular checks can allow us to detect and treat these conditions as soon as possible. Did you know members of our Pet Health Club receive a check-up every sixth months and it's included in their membership?

We sell a range of Royal Canin pet food designed for animals over 7 years’ old. Book a free nutrition clinic appointment with Jill who can advise you on the best life stage food for your pet.

Kitten Club

A dog free waiting room will provide your kitten with a stress-free environment encouraging a calm and peaceful visit to the vets.

We invite you to bring your kitten into the practice for weighing, worming and flea treatment each month up to six months of age enabling him/her to get used to visiting the vets without experiencing injections, thermometers up bottoms etc.

The time spent with the nurse allows her to offer advice demonstrations and you to ask questions on the following topics:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Worming and flea treatment
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Neutering

Demonstrations can be given on:

  • Grooming
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Nail cutting
  • Cleaning ears

Practice information

Beeches Veterinary Centre

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