CARING FOR YOUR KITTEN

Kittens MUST be wormed:

Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks (3 months of age)
Monthly to 24 weeks (6months)
Thereafter at least every 3 months.
Always use Drontal or Profender – other products are less effective.



Feeding

Your new kitten was suckling milk from its mother until it was weaned from her at around 5-6 weeks of age.  The weaning process allows time for its gastrointestinal system to adjust to fully balanced kitten food. Your kitten has been weaned onto Advance Kitten Kibble.  Changing the diet in young kittens is a common cause of diarrhoea & illness. Any change should be done gradually and in consultation with your vet, to ensure all the nutritional needs of your kitten are still being met at such a critical time in growth and development.

Fresh meat only is not an appropriate or balanced diet and can cause severe health and growth problems.

 

Drinking

Clean fresh water must be available at all times. As kittens are quite thirsty and can be quite clumsy at times (a heavy water bowl is advised) a second water bowl is a very good idea in case the first one gets knocked over or spilt.

 

Toileting

Your kitten will usually be “litter trained” by the time you take him or her home. If not, ensuring there is a clean litter tray available, a reasonable distance away from where the kitten eats is usually all that is required.  Sometimes putting “accidents” into the litter tray will help the young kitten to understand that the litter tray is the appropriate place to toilet. If “accidents” persist beyond the first 4-5 days at home, advice should be sought to remedy the situation as soon as possible, and before bad habits can develop.

 

De-sexing

De-sexing can be done from 4-6 months of age.  Discuss the procedure with your vet in order to prevent unwanted kittens. Your cat will be a happier more content companion.

 

Vaccinations

By seven weeks of age your kitten should have had its first or primary vaccination against feline panleucopaenia, feline herpesvirus1 and feline calicivirus (F3). All of these diseases are very serious in unprotected animals. Your kitten requires further booster vaccination for these diseases and you should speak to your vet for further information.

 

Parasite Control

Worming medication dosages are calculated on body weight & under-dosing is ineffective. Therefore, it is vital that your kitten is weighed prior to each treatment to ensure its dose is adjusted as it grows & is correct


1.  Intestinal Worms: (Hookworm, roundworm, whipworm & tapeworm) are very common in our tropical climate. These worms can cause severe illness in your new cat & the larva can cause serious illnesses in people – especially young children, the elderly or those with immune system weaknesses. Consult your vet or the Mackay Pet Super Store when choosing a prevention or treatment program. Your location, lifestyle,family, other pets & the activities of your pet (such as gecko & cricket hunting) is very important when deciding what to use.

   If your cat hunts, ensure that he/she is being treated with a product that treats the Spirometra tapeworm. 

More frequent worming may be advised by your veterinarian as part of a customised parasite prevention plan – considering your cat’s activities & lifestyle & your family. Some monthly “all-in-one” parasite prevention products provide some coverage against worms; however, this cannot be relied upon for all worms, or in high exposure situations.

2.  Heartworm: Is a contagious disease spread from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Occasionally cats also become exposed & develop heartworm infection. Prevention or treatment options can be discussed with your veterinarian.

3.  Fleas: are very, very common & often cause intense itchiness & increased grooming – even with a few bites. Cats rarely scratch, but will when the itching is severe. Flea bite skin irritation in cats more commonly presents as a short, chewed coat or hair loss – especially over the rump or abdomen. It may also result in skin inflammation & sores in these areas, or around the neck & throat.  It may be a cause of hairballs.

Once a flea population is established in & around your home it is very difficult & quite costly to control or eradicate the problem. Sandy soils & our humid climate ensure their reproduction is very successful. 10 female fleas can create 250, 000 fleas at different stages of the life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae) in just 30 days! As there is no time of year when flea life cycle is dormant in Queensland, we recommend year round flea control. Products which are generally effective are Advantage & Frontline, but in environments where large numbers of fleas are present, a customised & integrated control plan is required & the advice of your vet should be sought.

4.  Ticks: Brown dog ticks & Cattle ticks are seen on cats but are generally just a nuisance. Rarely can they transmit serious blood parasite diseases. Paralysis ticks are a much more serious concern & cause the death of many cats each year. Treatment is expensive & prevention not always simple – especially in outdoor cats, long haired breeds or cats which are bathed regularly.

A Paralysis tick control program should be discussed with your vet as very few products can be used on cats & some products which are very safe on dogs can cause death in cats exposed to them. NEVER USE ADVANTIX ON CATS or allow cats to groom dogs treated with Advantix - even low level exposure commonly results in severe seizures & death. Tick searches are also a very important element of any tick control program, especially in cats. If your cat develops tick paralysis, prompt treatment before the condition becomes severe is usually very successful.




GET IN TOUCH

The Superstore is open every day except Christmas Day, Easter Friday and ANZAC Day.

22 Grandview Drive, Greenfields
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8.30am – 5.00pm

Visit in-store where our helpful animal experts and delightful staff can assist with all your pet needs.