Kittens require a vaccine course which can start with the first injection as early as 9 weeks of age and giving the final injection three weeks later. The vaccination will provide your cat with immunity against: Feline viral rhinotracheitis (cat flu), Feline panaleucopenia virus and Feline calicivirus all of which still pose health risks to our cats within Ireland. The vaccination will not provide life long immunity, so it is necessary to provide an annual vaccine booster injection. This physical examination will provide an opportunity to discuss your pet’s health and allow early detection of other potential health problems. The life span of the average cat is 12yr to 15yr, therefore each year equates to seven years in a cats life time, so it is very important your pet receives regular health checks with a veterinary professional.
Cat collars frequently become lost, and rightly so! The correct collar to choose for your cat must have a quick release catch in order to prevent your cat from becoming injured by the collar when snagged on branches etc. Microchipping is permanent identification which involves injecting a chip under your cat’s skin at the neck which is approximately the size of a grain of rice. The chip is then registered on a central database where all your details and your cat’s details are stored. This is a permanent identification tag, which allows the person scanning your cat i.e. rescue centre/vet identify you’re the owner, should your cat ever become lost.
Neutering is recommended from six months of age. Neutering your pet will eliminate common health and behavioural problems such as urine soiling around the household, aggressive territorial fighting which can lead to contraction of FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). Neutering also prevents the number of unwanted animals destroyed each year.
We recommend pet health insurance for your cat. We are happy to offer advice and answer your queries regarding pet insurance.